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Reactive vs. Proactive: The Best Approach to Health

Chronic pain is rampant in our society and comes in many forms. What’s more alarming is the amount of people who are experiencing it on an everyday basis and try to continue their everyday lifestyles trying to avoid or ignore the problem. Within this approach, the time for resolution comes when the problem becomes limiting in their everyday lives. This has shown to be an improper way of handling not only pain and discomfort, but health in general. Feeling pain is not a normal condition, and should not have to become a normal part of life. Pain serves as a warning sign from your body that there is a much bigger problem at hand that needs to be dealt with before more or greater problems exist. Many people have come to adopt the idea that pain is a part of life, and that it is a normal, standard process of aging. But this is not the case, or at least shouldn’t be. Studies have shown that over 80% of the population experiences back pain in their lives, and a lot of this has to do with the approach that many people take towards health. This is simply understood as REACTIVE vs. PROACTIVE.

A REACTIVE approach is to respond to a problem after it happens, which is unfortunately a more common approach these days. This response is not usually done immediately, as it usually takes people time to do something about the problem when it happens. A response is usually made after realizing how limiting this pain can be, or that it has been a problem for so long that just doesn’t seem to go away. This approach to health is dangerous as there may be underlying problems that exist (even before symptoms or pain settles in) and could cause further change or damage if not dealt with in a timely manner. A good example of this is the evidence of degeneration in the spine, which can become permanent change to the structure and function of the spine.

A PROACTIVE approach is a more effective approach to health. Usually structural change occurs before pain starts to develop, so it would be a healthier idea to get to the problem before it causes the symptoms. Maintaining good health can be done by getting checked before the problem surfaces and taking the necessary strategies to prevent it from occurring. Just as one would go to have regular check ups with the dentist, the same approach can be done with your Chiropractor as well. Routine chiropractic check ups would help to make sure that subluxations/misalignments do not settle in the spine, which can lead to symptoms and affects the work of the nervous system.

An important fact is that only 9% of the nervous system is responsible for feeling pain. That means so much can happen to your spine before pain even settles in. There are so many possible things your Mississauga Chiropractor can detect and correct when taking a PROACTIVE approach to your health and wellness, especially before pain settles in. You deserve to be at your best, so take the best approach to health and see a Chiropractor today. If you’d like more information or would like to speak to one of our Chiropractors, feel free to contact us at (905)821-4951.  

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