To Your Health
August, 2008 (Vol. 02, Issue 08)
By Kevin M. Wong, DC
One of the most exciting aspects of being a chiropractor is helping people on a daily basis. I have been in practice now for more than 11 years, and I still get excited every morning when I go to work because I have so much fun working with my patients.
No doubt you have begun to experience the benefits of chiropractic. As your health care provider, we have the important job of making sure we listen to you, administer the proper care, and relieve your pain so you start to feel better again. Our goal is to help you perform as optimally as possible. This involves teamwork between the doctor and the patient. The chiropractor guides you in your healing while you, in turn, do your home care and perform any exercises they recommend.
Once your pain and discomfort are gone, it feels as if you have your life back again. You are able to go out and perform your everyday activities like exercising, playing golf or going places with your family. We, as chiropractors, are extremely pleased when our patients begin feeling better, and eventually they tell us they feel "normal" again. But our responsibility to you, the patient, does not end there.
In my practice, I start a relationship with my patients - one deeply rooted in trust and understanding - on the first day I meet them. I explain and educate them on their ailment, the treatment and what they are expected to do outside the office to help get them better. This expectation I have of patients taking care of themselves follows them throughout their lives, even after we have stopped active care.
As much as we hope our adjustments hold forever and our patients continue to feel better, the reality is that, inevitably, your body will need checkups every so often. Life circumstances often arise that can cause your spine and other joints of the body to become stressed and thrown back out of alignment.
Did you know you could benefit from regular spinal checkups - just like you benefit when a dentist cleans your teeth or a mechanic changes the oil in your car? Regular chiropractic maintenance can help you avoid major problems before they happen.
Lifestyle stress or injuries can happen to your body simply as a part of living your normal life. Think for a moment about your average daily activities. As you retrace your steps from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, you can probably identify numerous tasks that potentially could cause stress on your body. There are so many different types of activities we perform during the course of a day, week or month. Here are a few of the most common scenarios I hear when a patient comes in seeking treatment.