Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Can You Defy Gravity?

We see it all the time. A patient faces a health crisis and shows up in our office. We're always delighted to help, but often as soon as the client feels better, they discontinue their regular care.

That's how our society tends to view health care: people attend to health matters only after losing their health.

The entire process is similar to riding a roller coaster.

After getting strapped in and using lots of energy, the roller coaster is pulled up a steep incline. That's like the frequent visits a new patient experiences when beginning care. When you reach the top the views are great, but when the power pulling the coaster up is removed, there's only one way to go!

Like patients who feel better and then discontinue their care, they coast. Which is what a roller coaster is: a scary ride that while fast, is entirely based on coasting downhill. Gravity wins every time.

Much of the healing and retraining of muscles and ligaments necessary for more lasting spinal changes happen after the relief of obvious symptoms. That's why discontinuing care too soon invites a relapse. Coasting right back to the bottom is fun on a roller coaster, but not much fun when it applies to your health!

Are you coasting? If it's been awhile since your last chiropractic checkup, schedule one today!

Patient information provided by the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors

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