Treating back pain doesn’t work and I’m going to explain why.
But first, let me share some background.
When Lauren and I were planning to build Prime Chiropractic in Greenwood Village 2-years ago, we looked at the landscape and realized something…
Almost every healthcare office we researched had one thing in common…
Treatment of symptoms.
That’s how they market their services.
“Get relief from back pain”
“Treatment for Migraine Headaches”
“Get rid of IBS”
After all, it’s what most people are after. They want relief so they can get back to living the life they always have, no matter what deeper meaning these symptoms are trying to convey.
No doubt, treating back pain, or any symptom serves a purpose.
And in no way am I judging you if this is the route you choose. I understand how important relief can be sometimes.
But is that what we need?
Symptoms are a depressing, frustrating, and scary experience.
And the healthcare system capitalizes on them. We see it in both allopathic (medical) and holistic (natural/alternative) healthcare.
Does chiropractic do this? Absolutely!
Holistic healthcare practitioners treat symptoms just like the medical profession does. Instead of pharmaceutical drugs, holistic practitioners use different tools (Ultrasound, Cold Laser, Herbs, Supplements, Manipulations).
It’s a billion dollar industry.
And our health in America is no better for it. In fact, Braxton’s generation (my 2-year-old son) is expected to be the first generation in the history of America to live a shorter lifespan than their parents.
We’re so quick to get rid of any pain, discomfort, or abnormality. But symptoms are signals that the body isn’t doing well. And they’re all by design.
All the fevers, runny noses, watery eyes, tight muscles, trigger points, arthritic bones, scar tissue, inflammation, pain, diahrrea, etc. are there to alert you to the problem. They’re part of your body’s built-in intelligence that enables you to adapt to all the stresses hurled your way.
And that’s the underlying issue.
Even though we have over one-thousand doctors in the DTC…we’re sicker now than we ever were before.
The model doesn’t work. It never will.
Because not about waiting until you break down.
And it’s NOT about treating back pain and other symptoms.
It’s about giving your body what it needs everyday to be healthy. And repeating that.
I don’t treat symptoms.
As a Neuro-Structural Chiropractor, that sentence gets repeated to everyone who we agree to work with at Prime.
It’s not that we don’t see symptoms go away. We do. However, I don’t look at it as a bad thing if you have back pain (Please don’t mistake that statement for a lack of empathy).
I truly believe it’s a good thing. Your body is telling you how you’re screwing up.
Maybe you’re not moving enough, maybe your nervous system has core problems, or maybe you have been lifting incorrectly.
If you don’t get the memo, or choose to ignore it because you take an Advil or have cold laser treatment to bring down the pain, how do you expect to improve?
Pain and all other symptoms are powerful motivators. They make you take action. And without them, you lose your desire to do anything about the issue.
We don’t need more symptom relief. We need to start giving the body what it needs. There are 5-Requirements your body desires.
If you’re struggling or concerned about health, start getting them.
Every. Single. Day.