With that as a background, we certainly don’t take the time out of our day, and pay money out of our pocket to go the chiropractor for any altruistic reasons. We go to get something out of it in trade. Generally we want less pain or just to feel better. But isn’t it nice when you get more than you thought you paid for, when your time and money were worth more than you thought when you get something extra? These are the fringe benefits of chiropractic, real measurable benefits of getting adjusted that you probably didn’t know about, didn’t count on, but you get whether you like it or not, ask for it or not. It’s just a result of what we do here.
The most basic measurable benefit of being adjusted is that your spine will function better. So when I adjust your spine to reduce subluxation I am essentially forcing it to move more, which means it will work better. And when it works better, there will be less nerve stress, less inflammation (really important), calmer muscles, and less scar tissue. And so the direct benefit to you is that you will have less of whatever brought you in, usually pain, but perhaps some other health issue. But what about these fringe benefits I speak of? You are paying me to improve spinal function to help you feel better, right? But as seen on TV, wait there’s more.
There are exactly 3 fringe benefits to better spinal health. These are things that you get that you didn’t count on when you walked in the office, things you probably didn’t even know about, but things that I view as critical to your long term health.
1 – (Least Important) – Less inflammation/nerve stress (lower TSV) means you are further away from experiencing not only the same pain you came in with, but any spinal related pain in the future. It is preventative.
2 – (More Important) – The more motion your spine has (within limits) the longer your spine will last, leading to greater mobility as you age.
3 – (Most Important) – Less nerve stress means increased organ function and health in general. And less body inflammation has been strongly linked with reduced risk of several chronic diseases (See the article from Time Magazine, “The Fires Within.”
Frankly, as a chiropractic patient myself, the fringe benefits are more important to me and my family than the primary benefit of less pain. What do you think?