Most problems seen by chiropractors occur from a trivial incident or frequently nothing at all. Therefore it is important to realise a painless malfunction or dysfunction has been developing for weeks, months or even in some cases years. Some patients find a periodic consultation keeps the problem(s) from manifesting themselves. This is especially true of people who work in an environment which produces problems, and like to keep ahead of the eight ball.
The nervous system may also be affected and this can cause other symptoms, such as headaches from tension, sciatica and pains in the legs, chest or stomach.
Badly functioning joints and muscles may cause pains in areas other than where the problem is situated. These are called referred pains. The chiropractor also treats referred pain in, for example, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and feet.
We take our cars for a thorough check up every six months or so, so they can keep on keeping on. People who have experienced injuries in the past should be aware these old injuries can suddenly flare up. Weakened muscles or ligmentous tissues will never be as strong as it was before an injury was sustained. In that regard it is not like a fracture which can heal as good as new. Individuals need to take responsibility for their ongoing care.