IS IT "MAINTENANCE" OR SOMETHING ELSE?
According to Webster's, the definition of 'Maintenance' is "The act of maintaining: the state of being maintained: support. The upkeep of property or equipment." Wikipedia put it this way, "Maintenance involves operational and functional checks, servicing, repairing or replacing of necessary devices, equipment, machinery, building infrastructure, and supporting utilities in industrial, business, governmental, and residential installations. Over time, this has come to often include both scheduled and preventive maintenance as cost-effective practices to keep equipment ready for operation at the utilization stage of a system lifecycle."
The hope with any kind of maintenance is that it makes the useful life of whatever you are maintaining both longer and better (more functional). As a CHIROPRACTOR, I am a big fan of maintaining proper function in the spine and other joints. Joints wear out when they don't work properly, and with your neurological function being intimately tied to spinal function via something called PROPRIOCEPTION, it's easy to understand why mainstream scientists and physicians are increasingly touting joint function as the single most important factor in overall health (HERE). In terms of chiropractic, I've seen this phenomenon in action over and over again, at times with almost unbelievable results. Restore proper ALIGNMENT and movement to the spine, and watch what can happen (HERE). Thus, chiropractic adjustments should be a valid part of "maintaining" your body to prevent pain, preserve joint function, and maintain overall health.
I've recently been treating a person, whom for the last 45 years has struggled with CHRONIC NECK PAIN thanks to a severe (emphasis on severe) physical trauma that took place in childhood. This person has not only had years and years of chiropractic adjustments (along with various forms of massage and other bodywork), but for a significant number of years has been getting adjusted 3-4 times a week in the name of "maintenance". In other words, by the time this individual saw me, they had been adjusted hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of times, with no appreciable long-term (more than a day or so) reduction in their CHRONIC PAIN. To put it differently, it was a steady stream of neck adjustment, after neck adjustment, after neck adjustment, because neck adjustments were the only thing that brought any relief, it just wouldn't last or hold very long (and this person was not interested in TAKING THESE DRUGS).
Since the end of last year, I've seen this person 3 or 4 times, doing TISSUE REMODELING with an adjustment on each occasion (along with a DAKOTA TRACTION DEVICE for use at home). What's cool is that not only has this individual's pain diminished by 80% or better, but their RANGE OF MOTION IN THEIR NECK has doubled (maybe tripled) to the point of approaching normal (nope; hundreds of adjustments did not solve the crappy ROM). What's doubly cool is that this happens with surprising regularity (HERE). In fact, if you take a look at some of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS you'll see that it's actually a rather common theme in our clinic.
My goal is to get you off the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND, and away from reliance on health care providers (self included). It's not that I'm against a certain degree of "maintenance," but let's be honest with each other for a moment; since when is a reliance on REPEATED ADJUSTMENTS just to get through the day considered maintenance? If your vehicle was up on the mechanic's rack three times a week, always for the same problem, you certainly wouldn't call that maintenance would you? Why would you call it maintenance just because it's your neck or back (HERE)?
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Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).