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Monday           6:30- 1:00, 3:00- 6:00

Tuesday           Closed

Wednesday     6:30- 11:00, 2:00- 6:00

Thursday         8:00- 11:00, 2:00- 5:00

Friday              6:30- 1:00, 3:00- 6:00

Saturday          Closed

Sunday             Closed

Stress, Chiropractic & the Bathtub?

We discuss stress and chiropractic care a lot at NFC, but how does a bathtub fit within this conversation?

Well, it almost happened in my house the other night…

Someone in my house started running a bath, then got distracted and forgot it was even running. It was almost spilling over the sides and all across the floor! Needless to say, I was extremely relieved when I caught it just in time to prevent me from having to clean up a huge mess.

Fortunately, it got me thinking about one of our favorite ways to explain the benefits of chiropractic care, the Bathtub Analogy!

What does a bathtub have to do with stress and chiropractic care?

First, let’s talk about stress.

Stress is unavoidable. Although we can try to create an environment where we experience less stress, we cannot get rid of stress. It is a part of being alive. There are three kinds of stress (physical, mental/emotional, and chemical) that are a part of our daily lives in one way or another. This stress is consistent and builds up over time. In our bathtub analogy, the water flow represent your stress load and the bathtub is your body.

As time progresses, the water flow begins to fill the bathtub to capacity. In the case of my situation, I shut off the flow to keep the tub from running over. However, we can’t do that in life. We can’t shut off the stress. So, how do you keep the bathtub from overflowing?

Many people don’t know what to do. So, the bathtub (their body) begins to overflow. In this analogy, that overflow is symptoms. The overflowing bathtub symptom shows us that there is too much water in the bathtub. Consequently, we see that something needs to be done. It is obvious there is a stress overload. For many people this shows up in a lot of different ways like pain, frequent injury, infections, illnesses, etc.

The Temporary Fix

Typically, people only think about the fact that the bathtub is overflowing. They look at the symptom and use medicine to treat it. In our analogy, they put a cardboard box (medicine) around the bathtub to catch the overflow. Unfortunately, this is a TEMPORARY FIX. It might work for a little bit, but then it will stop working. The box will deteriorate and the water (stress) will continue to overflow – you guessed it – new symptoms show up! This often leads to another cardboard box, and another, and another attempting to contain the overflowing water.

THE ULTIMATE FIX

CHIROPRACTIC CARE addresses this issue in TWO ways!

  1. Each adjustment is like pulling the drain in your bathtub and releasing the water in a healthy, non-damaging way. This addresses the source of the problem, rather than the symptoms.
  2. Over time, the changes made through chiropractic care allow the bathtub to get larger. It allows you to handle MORE stress in your life by helping your body adapt to the stressors you encounter daily.

What we do at Niemeyer Family Chiropractic:

At NFC, we focus on the cause of the problem. We aren’t here to simply give people a quick fix, instead we are here to help them pull the drain frequently and work towards that bigger bathtub. Ultimately, we are here to improve your overall function and help your body do exactly what it was designed to do – heal well, think well, move well, and BE WELL.

If you want to learn more, schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment or giving us a call at (402)590-2199.

What’s the Difference Between Normal vs. Common Health Concerns?

Normal vs Common Health Concerns. Many times we assume it is normal to have the health concerns we struggle with daily. However, is it? Or is common? And what’s the difference?

“Don’t worry about that, it’s normal!”

Chances are you have heard that at least once in your life.

There is a BIG difference between “normal” and “common”.

People frequently assume symptoms like headaches, allergies, inability to sleep well, lack of energy, or pain in general are things that are normal and almost expected for all people to experience on a regular basis.

It is not normal to have these symptoms; however, I would agree is it most definitely common in the current state of our world.

So, what do I mean by “common”?

There are literally hundreds of different health concerns we could explore, we have chosen some of the most common to discuss.

Allergies

Since we are in allergy season, let’s use allergies as our first example. According to the CDC, an estimated 50 million Americans have allergies. Many would say it is normal to have allergies. I would argue rather, it is common.

Many people within our population experience allergies, however, to be normal by definition, it would have to be a natural occurrence, which it is not. The body wasn’t designed to be allergic to pollen, dust, trees, animals, or certain foods. Instead, it was designed to live in balance with its environment.

Chronic Pain

Continuing down this track, chronic pain (which is pain lasting more that 12 weeks) is often considered to be normal, especially after a certain age. The CDC estimates that 50 million people suffer from chronic pain daily or almost daily. More than 30% of Americans (approx. 116 million) are living with a chronic pain conditions.

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(Graphic from https://www.healthline.com/health-news/america-is-losing-the-war-on-chronic-pain#1)

Migraines

Migraine headaches are another example we can look at in the difference between what is normal and common. Having migraines is not normal, however for so many people they are accepted as a part of their lives.

According to The Journal of Headache and Pain, it is considered to be the 3rd most common disease in the world, with a global prevalence of 14.7% (around 1 in 7 people) and chronic migraines affect 2% of the world population. The Migraine Research Foundation reports that nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine. Amazingly, 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine. 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines. However, migraines are most common between the ages of 25 and 55.

These are all examples of conditions that are certainly common issues among our national and world populations. But rest assured, they are certainly not natural or normal ones.

And they don’t have to be for you and those you love.

The Problem with Normalizing the Common

Normal vs Common Health Concerns. The concern here comes from the mindset and thought patterns that come with calling something normal that is, by definition, common. We “normalize” these symptoms, seeing these things as “normal” and not as a problem that needs to be remedied. Often, we find ourselves thinking the only way to deal with them is to medicate the symptom or “just live with it” until it has crippled our ability to live our best life, rather than addressing the underlying issue.

Here at NFC, we are in the business of making people aware that these things, among many of others, are not “normal”, but instead “common”. Then, we actively work on changing the “common” through chiropractic care. We do this by removing interference in the nervous system through adjustments. We also encourage lifestyle changes like improved diet, increased hydration, and increased exercise.

If you would like to discuss whether your health concerns are normal or common, please request an appointment for a consultation online or call us at (402)590-2199.