Do I need to see a chiropractor?

Most definitely! This may seem like sweeping statement, but I firmly believe that everyone should have regular check ups with a chiropractor. Many of us always go to see the dentist for a 6 monthly checkup right?? Most of the time we feel good, our teeth are working fine, but we know that to avoid bigger issues and with that bigger bills we simply must have those checkups!!

So why should this only apply to teeth?? What about the rest of our body?

The musculoskeletal structure of our body is fairly symmetrical and yet for most of us we are either right or left handed, that means we will be constantly using our body one sided and over time this will lead to imbalances in that nice symmetrical structure. Add to this poor posture, manual labour, sedentary lifestyle or very active lifestyle and we can exacerbate these imbalances. Some scenarios to consider:

‘I am a 26 year old mother of 2 young children and I work part time in an office. I carry my youngest on my right hip whilst at home so that I can multitask cooking the dinner. My 4 year old daughter is envious of her 2 year old sibling and also wants to be picked up and cuddled, but she is too heavy for me to lift but I do it as I don’t want her to feel left out. We have a very lively dog who pulls my arm out of the socket when I take him for a walk. I work in an office but as I am part time I have to share my desk with another person who is a lot taller than me so my computer screen is too high and set to the left of my desk. After the children had gone to bed I spend time on the sofa browsing the internet on my laptop. I suffer from headaches a lot and my neck/back is sometimes very still and sore. I am also starting to get some discomfort in my wrists/arm’

I work in a bank, I am sat at my desk all day 5 days a week. The screen is to the right and I have to open the cash draw which is also to the right.  Occasionally I also have to lift and carry heavy bags of coins when businesses do their banking. I have been doing this for years. I am getting a lot of stiffness in my neck, sometimes headaches from looking at the screen too much although I do now wear glasses. My back aches at the end of each day. I feel older than my years. I am required to put on a smiley face to my customers but I just don’t feel like it sometimes

I am a 36 year old labourer. I have a very physical job which can vary all the time and I mainly work outside.  I have to lift heavy items and get in to awkward spaces. I suffer a lot from aches and pains all over but mainly my back. I am a sub contractor and I am the main breadwinner in my home. I cannot afford to take time off work through illness or because I am in pain. I just have to keep going

I drive a lot for my job. I have to go to customers houses and go through information with them on my laptop. I am always sitting on different seats and having to rest my laptop on my knees. I get fed up stuck in traffic. My back aches a lot and so does my neck

I play football all the time and I play for a local club, sometimes it can be quite rough and I have been lucky not to have had some serious injuries but I have noticed lately that the day after I have played footie I really ache everywhere and I don’t recover as quickly now. I really don’t want to give up my football but at this rate I don’t know how long I can keep doing this as its affecting how I do my paid job

I travel a lot for my job, all around the world in and out of planes and long flights and luggage! I am constantly on my laptop for work and its my lifeline to my family back at home. I don’t sleep well on the plane as its hard to get comfortable and I feel like I am always on the go. I feel exhausted most of the time and I get a lot of headaches. I feel like I am always carrying my life in a bag! I used to enjoy my travel but now it is becoming a chore

I am 6months pregnant and I am getting a lot of discomfort in my back and my ribs. How will I cope for another 3 months?

I am retired now and I have lots of general aches and pains, nothing specific but I just don’t feel as agile as I used to be. But I am only 65 years old so I am hoping I have many more years left ahead of me and I want so much to do lots of things now I am retired! People keep telling me its ‘wear and tear’ or arthritis and I will just have to put up with it?

A couple of years ago I had a hip replacement and I was out of action for months and I lost a lot of muscle tone and strength. My rehabilitation is going ok but I just don’t feel ‘straight’

I am a horse rider and my horse is not performing as well as it should be.   I have just had my horses back checked and there were a few problems identified.  I have been advised that I should get myself checked too as if I am not balanced I will transfer that to my horse.  I want the best for my horse and I don’t want to think I may be the cause of their discomfort. Occasionally my stirrups do feel like they are different lengths!

Above is just a selection of scenarios of people who have visited me for treatment over the years. Normal people with normal lives, jobs and responsibilities.  However they are all ‘suffering’ in some way physically. Having regular chiropractic care is about allowing you to keep doing all the fun things you WANT to do and helping you be able to do the things you NEED to do.

Making a commitment to seeing a chiropractor for a check-up every 4-6 months is about investing in your health and its about prevention. Preventing further problems from occurring, identifying problems that are beginning, and giving you advice on how you can help yourself reduce the possibility of injury in the future.  As the quote at the top of the page states…’health is his most valuable possession’.

A reduction in your health can affect you in so many ways. Chiropractic care can try and help eliminate some of those problems and help you be able to reach your optimum potential both personally and professionally.

What are you waiting for?? Don’t waste another minute get that check up booked now!!

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