Of all the lessons I am trying to convey here perhaps the most important is for you to understand that in general pain is not an early warning system. Rather, it is a late warning system that something is wrong within your body. Obvious examples of this are heart disease and cancer, both of which can be going on for months, years or even decades before there are any symptoms of any kind. Another example is the wear and tear kind of arthritis that each of us will feel by the time we are 40 or 50s. Studies and clinical observation tell us that by the time we feel the pain of arthritis that there has been active degeneration in those joints for decades. X-rays most often even look normal in those early stages of arthritis since x-rays are a relatively insensitive tool for this kind of diagnosis, believe it or not.
So what is pain? It is the late warning system that once active you have no choice but to pay attention to. You must find the cause of the oil warning light and fix it. Don’t just add oil or put tape on the light. In the context of this office, it means finding the subluxation and fixing it as close to 100% as is possible which involves both Initial Intensive and Reconstructive Care.
“But I don’t have pain,” some argue. Remember, it’s a late warning system. We can find the subluxation and fix it before the pain begins. This is called Reconstructive Care only. These people skip the Initial Intensive Care. We actually do get new patients who have no pain, that want to see if they have subluxation and then have it fixed before it causes the pain that will inevitably come. Just like it’s always better to identify the cancer or heart disease before there are symptoms, just like it’s better to find the oil leak before the warning lamp lights up, it is the same for subluxation.
So the lesson is to fix the cause of the pain once you have it and better yet, fix it before it causes any pain in the first place.