Milwaukee Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Herniated Disc Doctor writes: Over the thirty years that I have been practicing chiropractic I have seen some pretty amazing stories of healing and recovery. But the ones that don't recover as fast or completely as expected stick with me just as long as the miracle ones do.
I consider every person I work with as hiding a puzzle that I am driven to solve. Since our procedures follow the basic laws of chemistry and physics applied to human physiology our results are quite predictable, and it is a surprise when we see a poor or slow response.
But it happens.
After thousands of cases and hundreds of thousands of spinal adjustments to solve the puzzles, I have noticed some patterns and have found ways to maximize our results so we can now achieve improvements that we weren't able to achieve twenty years ago, or even five years ago.
Human bodies are designed for being and staying healthy. Given the right conditions you can stay healthy indefinitely. But there are some basic principles that you must follow to stay healthy.
First, you need to realize what health really is. Is it looking good? Is it just feeling good?
Health is, by definition (Dorland's Medical Dictionary),
"a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
See that? "Optimal" meaning as good as can be. And what comes first? Physical! Not Mental, not Social. But Physical! And that's for a reason.
You can't have a good mental outlook if your physical body is failing. Likewise you can't have a good Social life if you don't feel good.
Farah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze are a couple examples of people who looked good and even felt good until the disease that was eating away at them surfaced. When you get that ill you examine what is important in life.
I bet they would have paid any amount of money for the chance at a few more years on earth. How much do you think Steve Jobs would have paid for a couple more years with his family?
So, on what does optimal physical health depend? It depends on all the cells and organs working together in harmony for the good of the entire body. Every part contributes to the whole, every part is important to the whole body, an interdependent community of tens of trillions of cells all working together.
But it all works until there is some interference with how the parts relate to each other.
These interferences are stresses of various sorts. Most stresses fall into three categories:
Traumas like childhood injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, even postural stresses and other structural strains.
Toxins like BPA in the plastic in our food containers, Roundup in our lawns, Monsanto's Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our corn, or drugs flushed into our lakes ending up in our drinking water. Even food can be considered toxin, anything we ingest that the body does not recognize as something it can use for fuel or building blocks, or that is in too large or too small an amount.
Thoughts are stresses too. Work, family, financial situations lead to stresses that activate the brain to flood the body with nerve chemicals. Too much of these stresses, especially when conmbined will lead to a breakdown in health.
The people that get the best results from our care are those that address as many of these interfering barriers to their health as possible. Someone who keeps the spine as functional and strong as possible, keeps a healthy immune system by eating good whole food, includes lots of vegetables, gets adequate protein, minimizes junk food and someone who is active in handling their stresses will get better faster than someone who doesn't.
Whether you have a recent onset pain problem, like a work or auto injury or herniated disc or if you have a chronic health problem, there is a reason your body is not as healthy and painfree as it should be.
That's where we come in. When you need to figure out which of these barriers are interfering with your recovery and why you are not healing as well as you want to, then we can help you find the most likely interferences and make a plan for how to remove them.
Whether it is a spinal rehabilitation plan for restoring the curves in your spine, a weight loss plan to reduce the weight on your spine and improve your metabolism or a nutritional program to handle stress and increase your vital reserves we are happy to see you.
And we're especially excited to see you become a healthier you.
If you or someone you know has lower back pain, sciatica or a herniated disc, call us at (414) 355-0433 to schedule a Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Donaldson to find out if you qualify for one of our StandUpRight Spinal Disc Decompression programs or request an appointment online.