We had a health scare with my dad a couple of weeks ago. It lead to a trip to the emergency ward and then a subsequent investigative process to find out what was going on. We are now on the search for the most appropriate therapy to sort the health issues out.
He had had issues about 2 years ago – different symptoms, and we thought it was all ‘ok’ so we left it.
So why am I, a chiropractor, mentioning this to you? Well after taking a moment to process the whole event it lead me to thinking about the concepts of “wait and see” versus “active monitoring”.
What do I mean by that? Well after my dad’s previous heath issues we adopted the “wait and see” approach. No obvious symptoms therefore no problem – right?
I regularly tell our patients that just because you don’t have symptoms it doesn’t mean that there isn’t an underlying health issue. Cancer is often only diagnosed in the final stages. Sometimes the first time you hear about someone having a heart condition is when they have a near to fatal heart attack. These stories are common.
Would it be possible to pick up these health issues or even avoid them altogether if we were more proactive?
Back to your nervous system and chiropractic.
Your nervous system – brain, spinal cord and nerves – controls everything in your body. Every organ, tissue and cell relies on efficient communication with the nervous system to be functioning correctly. And when it is, your body is self-regulating and self-healing.
Chiropractic adjustments remove interference in the nervous system allowing your body to adapt appropriately to its environment allowing your body to be healthy and well.
I would like to suggest that you can utilise your chiropractic adjustments as part of your “active monitoring” process. Your Stress Response Evaluation (SRE) gives us a very objective measure of how your nervous system is coping with stress – the major cause of interference in the nervous system. When we repeat this test after 12 weeks we can measure the improvement of the adaptability of your nervous system and regular follow up assessments will give you a very realistic measure of how much stress is affecting your overall wellbeing.
Stress and a disrupted nervous system lead to many health concerns including neurodegenerative conditions. Please manage your stress and nervous system on a daily basis by doing your spinal hygiene exercises.
Ask us about getting a Stress Response Evaluation done so that we can recommend the best course of care to help your nervous system function optimally.