Whether you have been to a chiropractor or not, you have likely heard a lot of different myths. By far, the most common chiropractic myth out there is: “Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to keep going forever.”
Dr. Paul Bajor of Access Chiropractic and Wellness explains why this is far from the truth and why, in fact, you should see a chiropractor for the rest of your life. Watch!
Hi, I’m Dr. Paul Bajor of Access Chiropractic and Wellness and today I’m going to dispel the #1 myth about chiropractic: once you start seeing a chiropractor you have to keep going forever. Why is it so prevalent to hear this because our line of thinking already supports this?
Let’s go through a few examples. The first one is a dental model. Say you go to the dentist for tooth pain and you have a cavity, and the dentist either fills it or does a root canal or you have to have the tooth pulled, and then he says, “I’m going to see you in six months or a year for a checkup and cleaning to make sure this doesn’t occur again.”
Let’s say you go to the optometrist because you notice it’s a bit blurry driving, so you go in and get your eyes checked and your strength in the eyes has decreased, your prescription changes, and the doctor says, “in a year’s time we’re going to see you again and we’re going to make sure we keep things in check.”
Let’s say your vehicle starts to make some noise or the check engine light goes on and you go in to get it checked and the mechanic fixes it, and then he says I’m going to see you in six months for an oil change at which point we’ll run a check for all the different systems.
Chiropractic is no different. You may come in for neck or back pain and you go through a course of care and then you move towards being seen on a preventative basis, once every two to four weeks, pain or no pain, just as a checkup or tuneup. Why is that the case? Lots of stresses build up in life just like tartar and plaque will build up in your teeth, or maybe you wear your contacts for too long or there are irritants in your eyes, or maybe you drive your vehicle hard in the back country or you use your brakes a lot, and this wears it down more, all of these preventative visits (whether a dentist, or optometrist, or mechanic, OR chiropractor) are there to ensure that you don’t land up in the same problem when you first came in.
Let’s say you come in, I see you for an adjustment, and then I make sure you’re doing all the other lifestyle adjustments that we talked about. Maybe you’re having a lot of stress at work? Maybe you’re working long hours? Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep? Maybe you’re not getting enough exercise? Maybe you have kids who aren’t perfect like ours (haha), who are driving you bananas? All this increases your stress levels. The regular adjustment first of all makes sure your nervous system is healthy, and secondly it re-affirms the importance of making those lifestyle changes and that you adhere to them, because without that, there is no way you can be healthy.
The purpose of that returning adjustment is to make sure that not only do you keep your nervous system healthy, but we support it through all the other lifestyle changes that we talked about leading up to that preventative adjustment.
I’m Dr. Paul Bajor at Access Chiropractic and Wellness, have a great day!
Please feel free to visit our south clinic’s website at www.accesschiropractic.net and our north clinic’s website at www.accesschiropracticnorth.ca, and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/accesswellness! You can also call to book with Dr. Bajor at the north location behind the Superstore at 403-945-1349 or contact the south location in the Airdrie CO-OP at 403-945-0855 to book with Dr. Jacqueline Boyd!
Drs. Jacqueline Boyd and Paul Bajor are also both registered and active members of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association).