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Should I visit my chiropractor if I’m not in pain?

Pain, although generally a good indicator that something within the body needs attending to, is not always the best method for judging what condition it enjoys. Sometimes we can become 'acclimatised' to the body's state and what ordinarily would be considered 'pain' is what we regard as a normal part of our daily life – a mild discomfort that's to be endured because...we've had it for a while! It has become just something that you accept.

The lack of pain per se is not necessarily a good signpost to the condition your spine is in. To use an example most of us are familiar with – a water leak may not always show us immediately where it starts. Often water will enter at point 'A' but not be seen until it reaches point 'F'. We say that it 'tracks' from its point of entry and winds and finds it way to an exit point. Pain has a similar habit of originating at a certain point, say, on the spine where either bad posture over a period of time or an injury we didn't even notice sets up an irritation of the nerves. The pain then tracks up or down to a point at which we now feel it. It may be severe or, in many cases, hardly felt at all except for the occasional 'twinge'.

The only way to establish if your spine is 'where it should be' in relation to the rest of your body is to ask someone trained and experienced in the art of chiropractic to check you over. It isn't such a bad idea to get yourself some regular maintenance checks, in the same way as you do your car – if it's good enough for a collection of metal, plastic and glass it is surely good enough for a bundle of bones, especially when its the only bundle you possess.

If your wish is for your body to function at its best, free of pain or disability it makes great sense to get it checked out. Some people wait for teeth to start aching before they visit the dentist, by which time it is invariably too late to save the tooth. Not only that but a tooth filled with decay slowly affects the whole body eventually, and that means its physical and mental performance. Quality of life is important for peak fitness and vice versa; only by having a spine that's functioning properly can we enjoy a full and active life. This entails getting someone who knows to give regular chiropractic care checks to establish your true state of fitness.


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