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Where Did My Back & Neck Pain Come From?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

What did I do to cause it?

Most of us don’t truly learn to appreciate the good function of our bodies until we’ve lost it, especially as we grow older and tend to lose more of it – much like falling dominoes.  Failed health is sort of like failing to appreciate that we don’t have a sore throat – until we do.  We often tend to take a lot for granted, don’t we?

Concerning spinal problems, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “What did I do to cause it?”  There is usually a big difference in what a patient perceives as the cause of a problem, and what has really caused it.  This leads us to an understanding of the differences between processes and events……

Symptoms – Always The Last Thing to Appear

Nearly all forms of disease (meaning a body that is not at ease) and pain syndromes are the results of processes, and NOT events.

One doesn’t just go to bed one night with a perfectly functioning body and then wake up the next morning with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, spinal degeneration or disc decay.  Rather, these things all begin as slow silent processes which grow unnoticed (often for years) until the time comes they’ve become bad enough to produce symptoms.

So what comes first, the symptom or the cause of the symptom?   Though they are the first thing to become evident to us, symptoms are never the first stage of a problem.  Rather, symptoms are always the mid to end-stages of processes which have been developing over the long term, and are the last things to appear.  This is why it is important to be proactive, and not reactive.

Again, symptoms are the last thing to appear.  If you cut your finger, it hurts after the cut – not before.

Getting Sick & Getting Well – Processes Not Events

Let us use the example of a heart attack.  Though we mistakenly view symptoms as events, when one has a heart attack, even though the attack itself is the disabling effect, the attack (event) is the usually the end sequence of long-term clogging arteries (the process) which existed and worsened for years before the actual heart attack occurred.  Therefore, the process of clogging arteries is the underlying cause.  The attack itself is the end effect.

The same is true for problems involving the spine and nervous system.  Though many individuals mistakenly believe “bending over to pick something up” or “lifting something too heavy” or ”the onset of immediate pain” to be the event which caused their problem, these things are usually just the end effect of a slow and silent spinal decay process which was taking place years earlier that predisposed them to the challenges they are experiencing today – and which otherwise would not have happened had the decay process not been there  – or at least been caught in time.

Just like breaking down and losing one’s health is a process and not an event – so too gettting well is also a process and not an event.

Maintenance For Optimum Function

The development of improper spinal function is most always the result of a slow, silent process often leading to chronic pain or a dangerous event.   Like clogging arteries in the heart, spinal decay which frequently leads to overall health dysfunction, give few if any warning signs before disaster strikes.

Whether it be your car or any appliance in your home, the older a machine becomes the more maintenance it needs to continue functioning properly.

Such maintenance will frequently extend its life and function.

Your body is no different.

And When You Understand This…….

Think about spinal maintenance another way.  What shape would your teeth be in after 50 years if you ignored and never faithfully brushed them?  What kind of shape do you think your spine will be in after that long if you don’t faithfully take care of it, as well?

Like you can’t wait until the engine blows in your car to change the oil, you can’t wait until your spine self-destructs and then hope to reverse it.

Spinal maintenance is your best insurance guarding against the process of spinal breakdown, and a wonderful step to take to preserve overall health aimed at giving yourself the best chance possible that your spine will serve you well, as intended, for your entire lifetime.

…..The Answer May Very Well Surprise You.

So, “What did I do to cause it?”  The most accurate answer is… quite possibly nothing!   Instead, it’s what you didn’t do to protect yourself – or know to do – which caused the problem.

Just like disease processes are called “processes” for a reason – because they are not an event, most successful treatment resolutions to halt or reverse the problems are also processes.  The proper function of all body functions depend upon adequate nerve flow through your spine.  That’s why spinal maintenance is so important.

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About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.