We are creatures of habit. Whether it’s a restaurant we like to frequent, coffee made a certain way, or sleeping on a particular side of the bed. We know what we like. In fact, we like our routines and habits so much that we continue to do them even when we are experiencing pain or other discomfort. Typically, rationalizing to ourselves that “it isn’t that bad” or “I’m sure it will feel better in the morning.” Sometimes we even resort to the internet, looking for reasons why we are feeling the way we are. Again, rationalizing that we can “self treat” regardless what it is. But at what point do the scales tip and we realize we need to seek professional help?
While people have different pain thresholds, pain alone can be enough to cause a person to get medical care. However, many times it isn’t the pain that makes this happen. It boils down to what that person is missing out on, or giving up, that they then decide to finally do something about their problem. For example, a golfer enjoys a weekly round with his buddies. He has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for a while, yet it isn’t bad enough to affect his game. However, gradually the discomfort turned to pain and his golf swing is way off. It is Steve’s frustration that leds him to seek out a chiropractor, not the discomfort and pain.
At Damron Chiropractic & Wellness, we see other similar scenarios with our patients. It is not the pain per se that brings them to us, rather what the pain is preventing them from doing or doing well.
- Competitive dancing
- Playing with their grandchildren
- Entertaining their family
The list could go on and on. We do not need to wait for this level of severity before we see a chiropractor. Remaining aware of how our body feels every day will help to spare us lost time doing what we love. Similar to how seeing a dentist every six months will help to prevent cavities. Regular visits to a chiropractor will help to keep our body functioning as it should. We are only given so many days in our life. Why waste any of them not feeling our best, especially when we can do something about preventing it today?