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Posted on: Tuesday, November 5, 2002
If I Were Feeling Good, I Wouldn't Be Here! email to the editor
By Dr. Stacy Larsen

When people come into a doctor's office, most comment on how they are feeling. The responses can range from "doing well" to "I feel like crap!" One of the more interesting statements is "If I were feeling good, I wouldn't be here!" From that person's perspective, chiropractic care is useful when they are in pain or experiencing symptoms. They wouldn't need to see someone if they were feeling good. You only work on your health when you're sick or don't have it.

If you own a car or truck and I asked when you should change the oil, most people would say every 3,000 miles or 3 months. They might mention when that sticker on the windshield says so. Why do you do that? Is it because there are "symptoms" coming from your car, the engine starts running rough or the oil light goes off on the dash? It is because someone told you that it extended and improved the life and performance of your vehicle. Let's think about your spine in the same way.

A spine needs help to perform at its best even when it doesn't hurt. So does your health. You have been taught that exercising on a regular basis is good for you. You don't need to wait for a symptom like an increase in pant size to start working out. You do it because you want to be healthier, have more energy and to release stress. By seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis, whether you "feel good" or not, you can receive similar benefits.

Your spine is your main support for your nervous system. Your nervous system is the lifeline for your body. The messages that run and manage your health originate and travel over it. Low-grade misalignments of your spine that don't cause pain can disrupt those messages, causing a downward spiral in our health. Regular chiropractic adjustments take care of the low-grade misalignments so you can enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Next time you think about your spine, don't use symptoms as your only gage. Put a sticker on your windshield or mirror to remind yourself when it's time to get your spine checked. Because feeling good is a reason to go to your chiropractor, so you can be even better.

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Dr. Stacy Larsen practices in Red Deer, Alberta. Visit his website at:

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