People who go to Chiropractors, walk in the door with what’s known as a “Chief Complaint”. This is what most of the doc’s out there work on and they do a great job relieving symptoms. Truth be told if they didn’t the profession would cease to exist.
More often than not these same Doctors ignore the primary problem and treat the “Concomitant or Secondary condition” not the underlying cause of their patients issues. The problem that this presents is that the concomitant/secondary Conditions never totally resolve due to the fact that the Primary Condition was never addressed.
The most common primary condition I find in my practice, is head forward posture. This is where your head acts as a twelve pound weight, using your neck as a six inch lever arm, to transmit stress into the rest of your body such that you end up with a myriad of complaints that can manifest in ways that at first pass, you don’t understand.(Check out the postural correction and ergonomic pages on my website www.EdCampChiropractic.com for more information.)
Why are most of the Chiropractors out there not addressing these issues ? The fact is there is a corrective procedure for this, but it takes time to find this problem, then more time to explain it effectively to the patient and lastly its not something a lot of patients want to do but, I at least like to give them the choice. The path of least resistance for the Chiropractor who doesn’t spend the time… See ya next week at your usual visit. Oh, and you will feel better so it’s not as hard a sell as corrective care.
Patch care as opposed to corrective care, think of it like a pot hole. The city regularly patches them up and in a few weeks or months the pothole reappears and is usually worse than it was before the patch. If you like the “patch” type care, I’m happy to work with you but I don’t think I’m using my skills to their highest and or best use.
Corrective care however is a commitment of time and resources the goal of which is to better your body and some people have little enough of both. I do respect my patients decisions one way or the other I just like open and honest communication about what is available to you, and what each patient wants and needs.
Again I want people to know there is an alternative to the see ya next week approach.
The types of repetitive conditions that seem to resolve with corrective care include:
- Posture improves making you look healthier
- Chronic (Repetitive episodes of.) neck pain
- Chronic upper Back Pain
- Chronic low Back pain
- Migraine headaches
- Carpal tunnel Syndrome
- Numbness/Tingling (Arms/Hands)
- Strength-Related Issues for instance, decreased grip strength
- Decreased range of motion
- Digestive Conditions
- Muscle Spasm
- Nerve Impingement Syndrome, which manifests as burning, numbness or electric shock sensations in the extremities
If you’ve had any of these symptoms more than a few times, perhaps its time to get evaluated by a Chiropractor who is worried about your long term well being as opposed to getting you in and out in the quickest possible manner.
As usual, thanks for reading and feel free to contact me at my office in San Francisco. The number should you have any questions, 415 922 2225.
And now….. Dr. Camp writes off into the sunset…..