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BEACON Senior News - Western Colorado

Confessions of a chiropractor

Sep 12, 2016 12:09PM ● By Guest

I grew up in a small Colorado mountain town doing a lot of activities that abused my body. I fell out of trees, played traumatic sports and snow-skied recklessly. As I got older, I worked on a ranch in the summers, on the Rio Grande Railroad and in heavy construction. At the time, I didn’t understand the damage I was doing to my spine and joints.

You can improve the way you approach your spinal health. It’s not too late to learn some facts that can help you for the rest of your life.

Did you know that the most com- mon cause of damage to the spine or the discs in the spine is from bend- ing, lifting and twisting? I learned the hard way.

Not everyone is willing to do what it takes to help themselves. Changing habits can be very hard. That’s up to the patient on how strongly they desire to improve their spinal health.

I’ve heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I hope you are asking your- self, “Do I want a healthier spine? Can I save myself from spinal sur- gery and painkillers? Could I even prevent disabilities?” It’s possible. Many seniors are in this category.

Without any complications, it takes 90 days to heal disc injuries. There’s hope for the majority of patients with disc problems. A good first step is to get a complete and compre- hensive chiropractic evaluation by calling Good News Chiropractic at 252-8255.

So here’s my confession: I’ve experienced success on both sides of the table because I am a doctor of chiropractic as well as a patient.