Over the years one of my biggest challenges as a chiropractor has been helping people understand that symptoms are not the best indicator of health expression. In fact, symptoms are almost always the last thing to show up as a body moves from optimal health to symptomatic dis-ease.
The best example of this is a cavity in a tooth. Can you feel a cavity as it starts to deteriorate the tooth? Not usually. It isn't until the disease has eroded the tooth to the point that sensory nerves are affected and a signal is sent to the pain centers of your brain that you realize that there might be a problem.
You have a couple of choices with regard to your dental health. You can optimize the health of your teeth and gums early in life by daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits OR you can wait until you experience the symptoms of tooth decay. Easy choice for most of us.
The exact same is true of your spine and nerve system. You can choose to optimize the function of your spine and nerve system through regular life-time care OR you can wait until you experience the symptoms of spinal decay. Easy choice.
The next time someone asks you how you feel; tell them you feel great because you have the assurance that your spine and nerve system are functioning optimally not just because you don't have symptoms.
A lack of symptoms is not the same as being optimally healthy.
Until next time.
Dr. Mike Mathes