Last week I had the pleasure of seeing Theresa at our office on her 91st birthday. In the next room, I had the pleasure of adjusting Ensley on the day she turned 6 weeks old. One aspect of chiropractic that I love is the diversity of people I get to work with, and this was a perfect example of that. Theresa was receiving a regular adjustment for maintenance. She is active, healthy, and keeps busy with crafts, which can sometimes cause pain in her neck, shoulders, and arms. A regular adjustment helps to keep her moving and active, and most importantly, healthy! I truly enjoy seeing her every time I do, and we always seem to share a laugh during the visit as well.
Ensley was having some digestion issues as she figured out life outside of the womb, and to work with her and her mother has been equally rewarding. Infants and children often can’t tell you what is wrong…but they know something is wrong. By checking their muscles and joints, and making any gentle adjustments that are needed, the child’s nervous system can function more efficiently and lead to better growth and development. As the chiropractor, I just provide the adjustments. It’s up to Theresa and Ensley’s bodies to heal and grow. I’m fortunate to be able to help, and humbled by the opportunities. Thank you Theresa and Ensley!
To really understand the importance of maintenance care in Chiropractic it is necessary to understand the other types of care as well. There are three main types of care that an individual will undergo while at a Chiropractic office; 1) initial intensive care, 2) corrective care, and 3) maintenance care. Each of these three types of care are essential in the process of getting an individual better and, just as important, keeping them better for the long term.
One important fact to remember as we go through the different types of care is that symptoms are only part of the injury, not all of the injury. When an injury or problem occurs, the symptoms are what motivate us to seek care but they are not necessarily what require care. Pain is the most common symptom associated with an injury. Other common symptoms include numbness, tingling, loss of function, swelling of the area, a red coloration of the skin, and increased temperature over the injury just to name a few.
Maintenance care is the best way that you can help keep your spine and nervous system functioning at peak performance. Getting your body checked at our office occasionally doesn’t mean you will never have another problem again. It does, however, significantly decrease the likelihood that you will have further issues and if you do it can help you get through them much faster.
Consider a check up for yourself, and let’s go in to 2021 on a healthier note!
From everyone at Giebler Chiropractic, Merry Christmas.