Forest City Family Chiropractic - Dr. Sean Batte

How important is posture to our health?
What can I do?
If my symptoms are gone, why would I continue seeing the chiropractor?
Won't my spine ever stay healthy without help from a chiropractor?
So when my spine is completely healthy does chiropractic care end?
Is it necessary to go on seeing a chiropractor for life?
I was told I should see a chiropractor, but I'm nervous about it. I mean, what exactly are chiropractors?
Does it hurt to get your spine adjusted?
Do physicians recommend chiropractic care?
If I go to see a chiropractor, will I be expected to keep going?
Doesn't it cost a fortune?

How important is posture to our health? All my life, I've been told to stand up straight, with my chest out and shoulders back, but when I do that, it doesn't feel comfortable.
Whoever was nagging you meant well. Your posture is very important. Correct posture not only makes us look good but it is a vital key to achieving optimal health.

Can you draw a line down the side of your body from your ear through your shoulders, your hip, the front of your knee and the front of your ankle? Is your chin parallel to the floor? From the front, check to see if your knees, hips and shoulders are level with ankles and head straight. From the back, be sure both spine and head are straight.

Good posture contributes to deep, full breathing, as well as healthy organ function, good circulation and increased energy. Because of the relationship between the bones, organs and systems of your body, good posture is one of the most important factors in good health. It is also one we can easily do something about.

Your posture can improve dramatically by correcting the alignment and motion of the spinal column; training the muscles and ligaments; doing postural exercises and being educated about how to properly execute daily activities which affect posture. Chiropractors are trained to do this.

I've been following your column and why is it that you never claim chiropractic to be a treatment or cure however suggest chiropractic care as being necessary for just about every complaint? Chiropractic indeed does not make claims to be a treatment or cure for specific symptoms ... it has a different approach to health care. Chiropractors locate and correct areas of nerve interference permitting our bodies to restore itself to a greater level of health and wholeness - in effect, to better heal itself. No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine.

Your nervous system is the center of your thoughts, memory, learning and consciousness. Nerves control muscle tension, blood vessel openings, pain, touch, taste and other senses - nerves connect your inner and outer worlds and it is a vital connection. The nervous system controls all functions in the body.

Your brain controls and coordinates over 600,000,000,000 chemical reactions every second in every cell by sending and receiving "messages" that flow through your spinal cord and spinal nerves. When one hundred percent of the "messages" flow between your brain and body, your natural self-healing, self regulating capabilities are maximized allowing a greater level of health and wholeness.

Millions of us are affected by spinal nerve interferences. If 100,000 messages are firing up to the brain and back to the body every minute, 10% pressure on a nerve would mean 10,000 lost messages a minute. Ever wonder what messages you missed today and what damage is being done?


What can I do?
Here's a list to keep on the fridge:

Healing takes place during sleep. You must get a good night's sleep, and rest when you're really tired.
Healing takes energy, the kind that comes from proper nutrition. You may need nutritional supplements, which your chiropractor may prescribe, but you definitely need good, wholesome food, eaten calmly and regularly. Avoid foods that are preserved, packaged, or unnatural. Read labels and avoid those that contain chemicals, as well as fatty, salty, or sugary junk foods and excessive amounts of tea, coffee, colas, or alcohol. Learn to appreciate the taste of foods and drinks that are as close to their natural state as possible such as spring water, juices, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Your body was designed to move. Healing requires strong and supple muscles, and a heart and lungs that can send vital nutrients and oxygen to every single cell. Exercise - which is just another word for moving - is essential. Your chiropractor will recommend stretches and exercises to complement your treatment, but good health requires a permanent commitment to making your body move.

Laugh. Research has shown that a key to living long is to live happy. Attitude is hugely important, and the best attitude comes from living with joy in your heart. Surround yourself with family, friends, books and music. Treasure and enjoy the gift that is your life. Learn from your mistakes and make every day count.

Lighten your load. A body in pain, a sick body, may well be a body overcome by tension. Give yourself time to think, time to reflect, time to heal. Remember, in your struggle to achieve a better tomorrow, today is all you really have.

Write about it. Keeping a daily journal makes you stop and think. It can help you to understand yourself better and to grow, and that encourages healing.

Listen to your body. Illness is a normal response a healthy body makes to an unhealthy situation. It's a signal that something in your life needs to be changed.

Be patient. Keep your chiropractic appointments. Each adjustment builds on the previous one, so it is essential to maintain the schedule your chiropractor prescribes for you.


If my symptoms are gone, why would I continue seeing the chiropractor?
Symptoms usually appear in the last phase of a health problem and are the first to disappear when you begin chiropractic care. However, the spinal problem, called a subluxation that caused the symptoms does not go away as quickly. Your chiropractor is trained to treat the cause of your problem, not just the symptoms. Before you received chiropractic care, your body had to compensate for poor spinal alignment. Your nervous system, which runs through your spine, could not function properly and this eventually contributed to your health problems. It's easy for the spine to fall into old patterns of misalignment and malfunction. That's why, at regular intervals, your chiropractor will re-evaluate your progress and will suggest options for continuing care, even if your symptoms are gone.


Won't my spine ever stay healthy without help from a chiropractor?

In time, with chiropractic adjustment, damaged connective tissues heal, and eventually these damaged areas will learn to hold the spine in a healthy position.


So when my spine is completely healthy does chiropractic care end?
That's up to you. Stress and tension from busy lifestyles, desk and computer work, too much driving, slips and falls, poor sleep patterns, and lack of exercise can recreate subluxations. Regular chiropractic check-ups can help deal with subluxations before they become serious, keeping your spine strong and healthy.


Is it necessary to go on seeing a chiropractor for life?
That depends on your health goals. For many people, regular chiropractic adjustments are just part of a healthy lifestyle which includes adequate exercise, good nutrition, and a positive mental attitude. It's a combination you can't beat. Ask your chiropractor for more information about how to achieve optimal health. And start living your life to the fullest.


I was told I should see a chiropractor, but I'm nervous about it. I mean, what exactly are chiropractors?
Chiropractors are doctors who practice the art of healing by adjusting, or manipulating, the spinal column. A healthy, well aligned spinal column moving with full range of motion allows the nervous system to perform properly, which is vital because it controls every function of your body. To be licensed, chiropractors must have completed three years of university followed by four years at a chiropractic college.


Does it hurt to get your spine adjusted?
No. Chiropractic adjustments are comfortable and safe for the whole family, from infants to pregnant women and the elderly. For hundreds of thousands of Canadians, visiting a chiropractor is routine - like regular dental check-ups.


Do physicians recommend chiropractic care?
Most do, and many physicians are being treated by chiropractors themselves.


If I go to see a chiropractor, will I be expected to keep going?

That's entirely up to you. Some people only want to be treated for a specific pain or illness, and when the symptoms disappear they stop going. Others use chiropractic care to fully correct the underlying cause of the symptoms and to remain feeling really well. Like a car, your body has constant stress and wear, and it benefits from a 'tune-up'. However, which treatment approach you want is always your choice.


Doesn't it cost a fortune?
No. Many of the pain-killers and drugs you buy to treat pain and illness cost more than chiropractic care. Yet chiropractic care treats more than the symptoms of poor health, it treats the underlying cause. It also helps to restore and maintain good health - without using any drugs.
Maintaining a car costs about $6,000 a year. Chiropractic care costs a fraction of that.