How do I know if I need to see a chiropractor?
Headaches (check). Back pain (check). Stiff and sore (check). Pain during activities that used to be easy (check, check, and check). These symptoms may spur you into looking at chiropractic for the first time, wondering if it can help. If that's the case for you, great job! You're listening to your body. Pain is a warning signal. It is our body's way of preventing us from damage. It keeps us from leaving our hand on a hot stove, or from moving in a way that would hurt us further. If you have pain, it's a pretty good sign that you need to be checked by your chiropractor.
What about if you do not have any pain? Should I see my chiropractor then?
Here's the part that's really important...
You can have pinched nerves and misalignments in your spine and not even feel it. Only about 1/3 of the nerves in your body sense pain. The other 2/3 have different jobs to do, like communicating with our organs and moving our muscles. If one of those gets pinched, you won't even feel it right away, but your nerve function is already compromised. Do you think you would be healthier or less healthy if the nerves to your stomach are not functioning at 100%? What about the nerves to your heart and lungs? This is why you should be checked for subluxation, even if you feel great.
The best time to go to the chiropractor is when you're feeling great! Let's check and remove those subluxations before they start causing serious dysfunction and/or pain.