Frequently Asked Questions
What is the body's check engine light?
Symptoms are the body's check engine light. They make us aware of a problem.
What is the body's check engine light that you shouldn't ignore?
All symptoms shouldn't be ignored. It is important we listen to our body.
How to care for our body's check engine light?
The best way to care for the body's check engine light is to find out why your body is giving you the symptom.
Hello everyone. This is Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place. This week's video is about chiropractic and the check engine light in your car. So when you're driving around in your car, if your check engine light comes on, most people understand that means, "Hey, there could be a problem," and that's a warning sign, right? "Hey, this is what's going on. You might want to take a look at this". Well, our body has a check engine light as well, and sometimes we feel pain because there's something underlying going on, and our body is saying, "Hey, there's a problem here," maybe you're feeling neck pain or headaches or low back pain, and that is a signal. So what do a lot of people do? Well, a lot of people will take some over-the-counter medication pain reliever. "I'm just gonna take this ibuprofen or Tylenol." In essence, what you're doing is you're shutting off the symptom. That's no different than if I... Well, check the engine lights on. I'm just going to put a piece of duct tape over that check engine light, so I don't see it.
Did that fix my engine? Not really. It just covered up the engine light, so I don't have to see it, right? Like many times when taking pain medications, we're masking the problem. We're covering up the symptom. Now we're all human beings. If we're in horrible pain, I get it. We all have a tap-out point where we need something to take the edge off. I totally get it, but a lot of those everyday aches and pains where you have these signs from your body, and if you're taking these medications to cover that kind of up, that's no different than putting duct tape over your check engine light, right, it's not getting to the cause of the problem. And that's why in our office when we see patients with these issues, we like to take digital X-rays and do an exam to understand better the cause of the problem and how we solve that?
Can we improve that without the use of these drugs long-term? We all know taking that stuff long-term is probably not the best thing for our bodies. Short-term probably will only do a little. But if we're taking that all the time, that takes a toll on our body, our kidneys, and our liver, which will affect us long-term. So if we could look at the cause of your problem to better understand what's going on, why you are having these headaches, where you are having that neck pain or back pain, and figure out a game plan to help get you back on the road to health, that just sounds like a better solution than putting duct tape over your check engine light. I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.
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