Have you ever tried to talk to your friends about the benefits of chiropractic care and they immediately shut you down? I certainly have. Over 20 years in pracitce, I’ve heard the whole range of excuses for why people don’t want to try a chiropractor.
I get it. It’s easy to be skeptical of something new or different. But let’s assume you think chiropractic might help. Of all the excuses, the one that confuses me the most is this one:
“Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to keep going forever.”
Can’t that be said of most things that maintain our health? Eating healthy. Exercise. Taking vitamins. Even cleaning our teeth.
I mean, let’s look at how ridiculous this sounds:
- I don’t want to exercise. Once you start exercising, you have to exercise forever.
- No, I don’t want to eat healthy. Once you start eating healthy, you’ll have to eat that way forever.
- I don’t think I should start taking vitamins. Once you start, you have to take them forever.
- Yeah, I don’t really want to go to the dentist. Once you get your teeth cleaned, you’ll have to get them cleaned forever.
If you want optimal health, you have to maintain your health.
In my office, care plans have a clear starting point and ending point. When a new patient comes in, my #1 objective is to find and fix the source of their pain. Once it’s fixed, they will be able to see progress on their x-ray and through other objective measures. At that point, it’s up to them if they want to continue with maintenance care. But after all that progress, it’s hard to understand why a person wouldn’t want to maintain it?
It’s hard to exaggerate the benefit of maintenance chiropractic care. Robust spinal health literally keeps your brain communicating with the rest of your body. That means all your systems are able to function better. Imagine what that does for your overall health. Since your nervous system is working without interference, your immune system works better. Your lymphatic system works better. Your digestive system works better.
That means you’ll have fewer colds, headaches, and aches and pains. You’ll sleep better (which offers a TON of benefits to your health). You’ll move better (which means you’ll get up from your chair easier, be able to walk or hike longer, throw your kids in the air or roll around on the floor with them when you play.)
When your spine is healthy, all your systems are able to function better.
Or not. I mean, you could come in once or twice and never come again.
Some people actually do come in for adjustments until the pain subsides and then quit because they don’t want to come “forever.” Maybe they’ll eventually even start to tell their friends that chiropractic care “doesn’t work.” But is that fair?
“I don’t really think going to the dentist works. I went for while and my teeth looked great, but when I stopped going I ended up getting plague anyway.”
“I don’t think exercise works. I exercised for a while and looked and felt great, but when I stopped, the weight came back anyway.”
Now, listen, I know it sounds funny. I’m laughing as I write this. But that’s what people believe about chiropractors!
They think a chiropractor is trying to milk them for all the money they can. It’s a racket, they think. No-it’s NOT a racket–it’s the way of life.
Maintaining optimal health takes (wait for it!) … maintenance!
The nice thing about chiropractic maintenance is that it’s minimal. Once the initial problems in the spine are fixed, maintenance can be as little as one appointment a month. That seems like a pretty easy maintenance program: 15 minutes a month!
I know I’m preaching to the choir here. If you’re already a patient of Precision Chiropractic, you know maintenance care isn’t burdensome or expensive. In fact, clients regularly comment on how great they feel with such a minimal amount of maintenance.
If you’ve heard someone say they aren’t trying chiropractic care to relieve their pain, please share this article. Let’s help our friends and family remove the excuses they have so they can start feeling better, healthier lives.