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What are Symptoms trying to tell you about your Health?

Symptoms are the tip of the Iceberg

 

It is important to note that symptoms are often a result of things that have been building up over time without our awareness. But we recognize that symptoms can also be a result of things that happen all at once too… like injuries from car accidents or other physical trauma. For the purposes of outlining our chiropractic approach, the content of this blog is referring to the chronic nature of symptoms, not the acute category. Your chiropractor should not be your primary port of call if you have symptoms resulting from an emergency situation.

Symptoms are only a result of a Dysfunction, not the Cause.

Symptoms can be frustrating, but often serve as warning signs rather than the root cause of poor health. If we shift our perspective and recognize this then symptoms are ALWAYS an expression of how the WHOLE body is responding to or managing stress. They are the language through which our body communicates its distress. 

Nagging Pain, joint stiffness, headaches, low energy, irritability or poor sleep may be the body’s distress signals, signalling that an imbalance or dysfunction exists within. If your house was on fire, then the fire alarm is the symptom letting you know to take action! The fire alarm sounding is not the problem, which is why the firemen don’t just take the batteries out of the alarm. Instead they work to control and put out the fire!

 

Chiropractic Care & Symptoms

Chiropractic care focuses on the health and function of your nervous system. For this reason it stands out as a modality that aligns with this philosophy. The nervous system serves as the body’s communication highway, transmitting signals between the brain and various organs and systems via the spinal cord. Abnormal tension patterns that build up over time can influence how the spine moves and affect this nerve communication. Chiropractors, understanding the pivotal role of the nervous system, aim to optimize spinal function to enhance overall health.


When this communication is optimized, the body can better regulate its various systems, promoting overall well-being. This approach emphasizes addressing the root cause of symptoms rather than merely alleviating them, promoting long-term health benefits. 

A well-functioning nervous system is essential for maintaining balance and harmony within the body. 

If you are someone your know is struggling with nagging pain or symptoms, then seeing a chiropractor may offer some insight into how best to approach your healing and recovery.

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