Lifetime of Wellness
Welcome to our office. Many people these days are realizing they are going to be living long lives. They see their parents aging, or perhaps they themselves are feeling the hands of time. The parents of baby boomers lived decades past their predicted age. How long will we live? Almost everyone I speak to tells me that how long they live is not as important as their quality of life when they get there. Most people I speak to report that they do not want to live to an old age that is full of misery and ill health. But, if they can remain healthy and at peak performance they would like to have a long and vital life. Is this how you feel? I know it is how I feel. In my office I am lucky enough to see the difference between the lives of my practice members who take good care of their spines and health and those who do not. It is right there in front of my eyes everyday. I bet you see the same thing with your friends and family as well if you just take a moment to look.
I would like to tell you a story. Lets take a short trip to the consultation room in my office. Imagine we are seeing a middle aged man who has come in with mild neck pain and headaches. He has limited range of motion in his neck. It just feels like he has a “crick.” Through his exam however, I arrive at the possibility that his concern may be more serious than just a crick and we order spinal films. (X-rays) While I am reviewing his films, it is revealed to him that there is significant spinal degeneration at the lower neck. The discs are drying out and the bones are spurring.
Do you have any idea what he will say at this point? Can you predict his comment? I can. In fact I could almost make the comment for him. Here is what he will say. 9 times out of ten, this is what he/she will say. “I guess that’s just old age ha ha”. Yep, 9 times out of ten. That is when I want to throw a tantrum. My face may turn a little blue and my eyes may cross. I keep my composure as best as possible and calmly ask the next question, “well if this part of your spine is so old, why is this other part so young with perfect discs bones and nerves?” Why does one area age faster than another? Then comes the silence. If it is just old age, why does the woman who was just in here before you who is 30 years older have a neck that is near perfect? This is almost too much information for him. He truly does not know the answer. Do you?
Aging is often what we make it. We have choices. Several times each day we decide what we will eat or whether we will exercise or not. We decide whether we will take a pill or shot instead of boosting natural immunity through healthy lifestyle choices. And, we decide whether we will take care of our spines through regular chiropractic care. Not only do we make these decisions for ourselves, but we make them for our families as well.
Our philosophy is that chiropractic is a crucial part of a healthy thriving lifestyle. Along with diet, nutrition, proper exercise and mental outlook we know that aging can be more fulfilling, productive and vital. What if we only went to the dentist when our teeth hurt? What if our first visit to the dentist was at age 45? That would be crazy right? Why would we make our spinal health any less important? Why would we not get regular checkups or care? Why would we not bring our children in to make sure they are clear of spinal problems before they become chronic problems in old age? Can you guess the difference between our teeth and our spine/nervous system? The answer? We can live without our teeth.
So welcome. We are going to do everything we can possibly do to help you with your concern or goal that brings you into my office. And, we are going to offer you the opportunity to make decisions that can help you make a difference in what your version of what “just old age ha ha” looks like. We look forward to meeting you and your family and providing the best spinal care available. Whether it is short term help or a lifetime of wellness for you and your family, we welcome you.