Why your traditional doctor is missing it
This is a picture of the underground hallway to my office.
Painters are changing the color from brown to grey. For me it’s not the color but what’s happened over the last week that has me thinking.
The painters were almost done. They had painted the wall and were moving on, then the next morning one of the guys was covering the newly painted wall with drywall mud.
I stopped and asked him what was going on. He said that the boss had taken a look and found imperfections so they were starting again. Re “mudding” the walls, sanding, and getting back to painting. Only this time it would be done right.
It made sense, if the job isn’t done well, they needed to do it right, even if it meant more work in the end.
So what does this have to do with health? Everything.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve marked a set of x-rays and found horrible postural problems. Meanwhile I have an x-ray report in my hand from a radiologist saying everything is normal.
The patient knows there is something wrong (that’s why they are seeing me) but they’ve been told they are fine.
This is just like the first painter, he though the wall was fine, it started out brown now it’s grey.
Why would two health professional have such different reports on the same set of x-rays?
A different set of eyes.
Traditional doctors are trained to target broken bones, tumors, rare and unusual health problems. And that is important.
But it’s not the only thing.
It’s been my experience that postural problems are “normal” to your traditional doctor.
A spine out of alignment is “normal” to their eye. In fact, most of their own postural problems are going untreated. If you don’t believe me, the next time you’re at your doctor’s office take a good look at his or her posture.
They’ve mixed up “common” with “normal”.
Just because the thousands of x-rays they have seen have postural problems, doesn’t mean it’s normal.
Common yes, normal no.
That’s like saying obesity is now normal!
Let’s see what the research say’s about poor posture.
“Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” 1
That’s a lot! And by my view that’s certainly not normal. And that’s only one research article. Read Rene Cailliet’s work on posture and you’ll be floored. Poor posture is disastrous.
But there is more. Spinal misalignment accelerates wear and tear, causing early onset arthritis and degenerative disc disease. What’s even worse is that postural problems cause pressure on the spinal cord effecting every cell, organ and organ system below the level of postural distortion.
The only way you are truly going to know what is going on with your spine and nerve system is to have the right set of eyes looking at your x-rays and posture.
As for me, I’m going for a long, healthy and happy life. I don’t want to settle for “just good enough”, like the first painter in my hallway.
The first step is to have a careful exam and x-ray with a chiropractor who will sit down with you and discuss your x-rays, give you a plan of attack that includes very specific chiropractic adjustments, postural strengthening exercises and recommendations for ergonomic and lifestyle issues that are contributing to your postural problems.
If the chiropractor say’s that your problem can’t be fixed, find a second and even a third opinion. I have been amazed by what can be corrected by today’s corrective chiropractic adjustments.
Deal with your postural problems correctly, don’t ignore them or think it’s normal. You can quote me on this one, you will see an incredible change in your health.
- John Lennon, BM, MM, C. Norman Shealy MD, Roger K. Cady MD, William Matta PhD, Richard Cox PhD and William F. Simpson PhD Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain & Health. AJPM Vol 4. No 1 January 1994 ↩