Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about your Chiropractic visits and why it is often recommended you continue ‘Care’ even though the pain has gone.
If your Chiro has not explained this properly you may be a little confused and decided to drop out.
As a Chiropractor facing this dilemma every day, what I have noticed over this past 20 years in practice is my patients see me more often when they are continually in pain as opposed to following thru beyond pain and reaching a wellness or maintenance level. Ironic but true.
Let me elaborate.
There are many different ways Chiro’s treat mainly due to a wide array of differing philosophies.
For example, some belief in the ‘Find it, Fix it, Leave it’ model. Essentially, less is more, and once the pain has abated and your Chiro deems everything to be where it should be, you’re good to go, until the next episode of pain or injury. This is a pain model.
Others believe in wellness care, based on the premise ‘healthy spine – healthy body’. If your spine is working well, your nervous system is working well. Your nervous system controls the body therefore, your wellbeing is connected.
In terms of ‘evidence-based’ thinking the former model is far more credentialed than the second.
So let me share my position, for what it’s worth.
I sit somewhere in the middle, what I call a ‘patient center model’ or ‘best practice’.
When you first visit your Chiro, we call this ‘initial care’. You are usually in some sort of pain or other related symptoms. We help diagnose, treat and manage this.
Pain is generally the last to show up and the first to go. It’s the tip of the iceberg. At Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr, we are interested in the cause. We become health detectives where the inquiry is about the events leading up to this point.
We believe this level of inquiry is our duty of care to you the patient. Otherwise, it’s just a Band-Aid and all we are really doing is causing you to come back time and time again in pain. To put it bluntly, we not doing our job.
A set of spinal x-rays, other tests such as MRI/CT or ultrasound, blood etc. all provide more information as to what’s happening beneath the surface.
These are clues, however, not necessarily good or bad. In my view, they simply form your health ‘blueprint’, an array of strengths and weaknesses that need to be managed not fixed or cured.
The question then is how we can best manage your health and wellbeing in a pro-active, interactive and dynamic way. In other words, how can work with you to create a management plan where you get to drive your own bus.
The questions that follow then become about exercise options, supplements, posture aids, health classes, gym plans, other practitioners, foot orthotics etc. These become the tools in your health and wellbeing toolbox and one of those tools is your Chiropractic adjustments.
You become more aware of your body, the subtle signs that precede a pain episode. Reading your body creates a preventative, more pro-active process which ironically, leads to fewer visits with your Chiropractor, not more.
So when you’re Chiropractor encourages you to continue care when your pain is gone, understand it is with the intention of ultimately saving you from coming back more than you need to. It’s about empowerment and education with the end goal of helping you implement strategies and transform your health to a higher level.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.