Treating the Bark

June 30, 2016

CLA DogYou walk into your Chiropractor’s office, hop on a table and point to where it hurts.  But the Chiropractor adjusts a totally different part of your spine…not even close to where you feel the pain.  Why is that?

There’s an old saying that goes when you step on a dog’s tail, it barks out the other end.  In Chiropractic, that means where you hurt (the bark) isn’t necessarily where the problem is (the tail).  Many times the symptom you  feel in one area is due to a remote cause.  For example, someone with sciatica may feel pain down their leg, but the cause of the problem is a Vertebral Subluxation in their spine.

Chiropractors recognize that if you address the cause of the symptom, the body will no longer have a need to produce it.  That’s why Chiropractors focus on fixing underlying problems and not superficial effects.  Chasing after symptoms is like a dog chasing its own tail – spinning around and around until it gets dizzy, confused and frustrated.  It’s much smarter to address the underlying cause from the start.

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