3 Attitudes to Make Your Chiropractic Program a Success
By Dr. Molly Casey
People often ask questions about the right way to get adjusted. Do they need to do anything? Help in any way? How can they get the most out of the adjustment and chiropractic care?
All great questions and I think of three things when looking to get the most out of your chiropractic care -- clarity, commitment, and consistency.
Clarity is the first law of success. Getting the most out of anything requires that we are clear on what it is and what we are doing. In the case of chiropractic, let’s get clear on the truth that chiropractic is primarily about improving the functioning of the nervous system and promoting optimal health. Chiropractors adjust the spine, restoring range of motion to spinal joints and fostering spinal health and integrity, all so the nervous system can function at its highest possible level. Although neck and back pain often go away with the adjustments, it is important to remember that such pain relief is the incredibly wonderful side effect, not the focus or purpose of the chiropractic adjustment.
Approximately 90 percent of the nervous system does not have the ability to transmit pain, so utilizing pain as the determinant indicator of nervous system function is a poor idea. When the patient is clear on this, they understand the importance of getting their spine checked regularly by a chiropractor for proper spine motion and health regardless of the presence of pain. Step 1 to getting the most out of your adjustment is to be clear about why you are getting adjusted: to turn on the power of your nervous system!
Commitment is the state of being dedicated to a cause or activity. Are you committed to your health? Health is a journey. It’s a process. There is no spot or place to get to; rather, health is built on one good choice after the next after the next. It is not always easy and can be quite rocky and hard at times. This does not mean we get to quit if we are trying to experience the highest level of health possible. Getting the most out of your chiropractic adjustments requires a level of dedication -- to show up regularly and receive them. Chiropractic adjustments are a foundational component of good health.
It is often the basics, the foundation, that people overlook and don’t value properly. Make a commitment to the optimal function of your spine and nervous system as a foundational component of your health journey.
One doesn’t get hydrated with one glass of water. One doesn’t get fit with one trip to the gym. One doesn’t lose weight with one healthy meal. Consistency is required in all of these instances. The same is true for the health of your nervous system and chiropractic adjustments.
Each adjustment builds upon the last, so the results are essentially exponential. The more consistent you are with chiropractic care, the more opportunity for your spine and nervous system to respond favorably to produce sustainable results. It can be difficult to remember to make time, to get over to that side of town, to round up the kids or leave work. There will always be a reason that it won’t work, just like the mornings when you don’t want to drag yourself to the gym. However, the truest and best results show up over time with repetition.
Chiropractic care is about improving the overall quality of your health and life experience by allowing your body to function at its highest possible level. This level of health, and the ability of the body to heal, take understanding, engagement, and follow-through to reap the greatest possible benefits. When you interact with your health and body with clarity, commitment, and consistency, life changes for the better.
Having the right attitude will help you get the most out of it.
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