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That Nagging Little Ache
by Dave Koivuranta D.C.

We all have stories to tell, don't we? Like that time Aunt Bessie got stung by that hornet and she swelled up like the Michelin Man. Or the time little Billie got his neck stuck in the railing outside the front door and you had to call the Fire Department. How about the time dad was parked waiting for the trains to cross (Memorial Avenue) and instead of putting the car into drive he put it into reverse and smashed into the car behind him. Life is like that...a series of tales one after the other.

Well, our bodies have similar tales to tell. Every accident, injury and illness we've ever had has had an impact on our bodies and our minds. They've left a lasting impression that has either been stored away in the recesses of our minds or for whatever reason are still present in our thoughts. If still lingering, the thoughts might be constant, daily or less frequent depending on what our bodies and minds are going through. And these thought, conscious or not, have an effect on how we move and on how healthy we are.

For example, let's say you had a pebble in your shoe. It is just a little pebble that somehow worked its way into the bottom surface of your foot. As you walk the pebble gives you a little jab of discomfort, not enough to stop you but enough to let you know it's there. As you continue to move, you might shift how your foot hits the ground a bit to avoid the little jab. This then effects how your ankle is working, how your knee and hip move and how your low back is able to absorb the force of each step. It's just a little thing, but it can make a big difference.

Now let's say you continue to walk like this all day and you finally get home and remove your shoes thereby removing the obvious irritation of the pebble. However, after walking all day long with that pebble, you may take a few steps in the same way as when the pebble was there just because it is what you were doing all day long. And the longer you would have had to have done it, the longer the habit would have stayed until finally the body was reminded it need not move this way.

Many of the accidents we have and the injuries we accumulate affect our bodies this way. We start to move in different ways to compensate for the parts of our bodies that cannot do what they've always done like they should. These patterns of compensation can over time cause other problems very much like wheels out of alignment on a car that will wear unevenly if you keep driving that way. Or a door that hangs on loose and rusty hinges that won't open or close exactly as it should. All the parts are still there and they still work to get the job done but the quality of the job and the movement is not as good as it should be. And this is what causes problems, sometimes serious problems that go unnoticed for way too long.

So where do your little aches and pains come from? Do you recall that time you twisted or went over on your ankle? Or do you recall that period for 4 years in university when you worked as a soda jerk scooping ice-cream five days a week with the same hand and wrist over and over again? How about that check you took into the boards when you were 17 playing hockey at the outdoor rink? Yes, it seems like so long ago and that there could not possibly be a connection between that event and the pain you feel today. Think again.

Doctors of Chiropractic know that the body is a novel with many stories to tell. And every health care problem you experience in life has its own chapter. Chiropractors continually search for the source or the cause of that problem to ensure the rest of the book is going to be written like a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. This avoids the trap and incorrect approach of only dealing with the after effects of this lingering problem. Once the joint pain or the headaches or the indigestion or the breathing problems arrive, the body may have already been compensating for too long.

So what should you do? Prevention is obviously the key. With any accidents, injuries or illnesses you may have to experience, you should always ensure that the body heals at optimum, as close as possible to 100%. Even though things might "feel" good some time after the problem has apparently left, it is best to have a check-up with a health care professional to make sure things have truly resolved and resolved as best they can. And even then, life's daily and seemingly innocuous activities can program bad habits into the body that go unchecked. This then creates compensatory and incorrect patterns of movement and function, from our muscles and joints to our organs and even our thoughts. This is something you do not want to carry around for the rest of your life.

Life is a series of stories. The stories are often ones of happiness and hardship mixed together. To make them more pleasing stories, it helps to edit the stories as best you can. That means finding someone who knows how to edit and check your health. If you haven't been to a Chiropractor, you haven't had a chance to experience this unique and effective health care profession. No one should ever twist your arm into doing something you don't want to do, so don't be afraid about going and finding out what kind of story your body is telling. At least then you'll have the right options to make for a happy ending. After all, wouldn't be worth a try just to see what hidden dangers might be lingering between the pages of your favourite book...I mean your favourite body, of course.