Most people are so focused on their symptoms that they often neglect to address the cause of their discomfort. When the reason is obvious, people often make the right decision.
For example, if you had a pebble in your shoe and it was bothering you, you wouldn’t take a pain killer or an anti-inflammatory to cover up the discomfort. You would recognize it was the pebble, and you would take a moment to remove it from your shoe.
Let me give you another example. Are headaches or back pain the result of an inadequate supply of aspirin in the bloodstream? Of course not. Yet, we chiropractors are often called in to “clean up the mess” associated with many chronic health problems.
Why a Leaky Roof?
Consider the leaky roof. It only leaks after it rains. However, it doesn’t leak all the time. If you called us in to clean the carpet after a bad rain, wouldn’t you want us to point out that the mess is not the real problem? Wouldn’t it make sense to direct your attention to the cause (the leaky roof)? Sure. But why?
What is the Cause of the Mess?
Because you know that if we just “clean up the mess,” we will have to do it again after the next rain. But why wouldn’t someone want to fix the roof? Usually, the answer is that it is much cheaper just to clean up the mess than to fix the roof. This more affordable cost is a misconception.
Pay Now or Later?
Over time, you will spend the same amount of money, whether we fix the roof now or just clean up the mess every time it rains. Here is the problem. If we just clean up the mess, the roof will be in far worse condition ten years from now than it is today. As you can see, this will require much more time, money, energy, and effort to fix. We also have to determine if it is even fixable at that point.
Invest in Your Health
If we invest the time, effort, and money to fix the cause of the mess now, then ten years from now, we are likely to have not had to continuously fix problems but will also have a “healthy” roof.
The decision is always yours. We must point out the leaky roof so that the decisions you make are informed decisions. That is what we help you understand at our Littleton chiropractic clinic.
Your health is similar to maintaining your home. Keep up your home and your body. Regular maintenance on both is an investment that pays dividends down the road and will save you money in the long run. Please call our Littleton CO chiropractic clinic at 303-794-1737 to find out more.