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Posted on 10-23-2012
Getting gas in your car when the light comes on.
Changing the oil after you’re alerted to by your dashboard light.
Both of those are things that we do most of, if not all of, the time. We’re alerted to a problem that needs fixed by a warning system. We know to address these problems and fix them otherwise a lot more long term damage can be done to the car if we don’t.
Fortunately for us all, our body comes with its own similar warning system. At the core, that’s what pain is. You see, pain is a signal that your body is telling you that there’s an underlying problem. Whether it’s a chest pain telling you that you have a heart problem, an arm pain telling you that you have a broken arm, or a back pain telling you that you have a spinal problem, that pain is a signal. It’s no different than the dashboard light in your car flashing at you.
The thing about pain is that it should be addressed when it’s at its mildest form. Don’t let it go, as the underlying issue can grow and become a bigger problem that requires a longer and tougher fix.
One of the worst things you can do as a "fix" is take pain pills, even over the counter ones, to be pain free. At that point, all you’ve done is cover up the symptom, or the warning light, and ignore why that signal or warning is there in the first place. On your car, when the “get gas” light comes on, you don’t put a piece of tape over the light and keep driving like the problem isn’t there do you? By covering up the symptom/pain, and feeling "better", you're significantly running the risk of doing even more and prolonged damage to yourself underneath it all.
So pay attention to what your body tells you. As soon as you feel that something is not quite right, that’s when it’s best to get checked out. If your pain signal is a neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, or headache, please don’t hesitate to contact me at my Monroeville/Penn Hills Chiropractor office.
- Dr. Brent Shealer -- Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Penn Hills Chiropractor
An analogy often heard is the importance of continued chiropractic care is that of going to the dentist for regular check ups and cleanings. Hopefully we’re not shocked when the dentist asks us to come back in six months even if we have no cavities at our check up. The same is true for the care of our spine, our nervous system and our entire body! And that is what is taken care of by your chiropractic physician. Although I get adjusted at least once a week, I couldn't imagine my life without a chiropractor in it!
That's exactly right. Pain, although important per se, is often merely the final indicator that there's a problem. Sometimes the pain comes only when it's too late.