This is the opening entry of many blogs to come. My intention is to guide people to a healthier lifestyle, and to do so with a new paradigm. I consider myself part of a growing movement of chiropractors and other physical health specialists who are going old school and trying to encourage people to be healthy through diet and exercise, not to become dependent on drugs or long treatment plans to feel better. Being an active participant in your health is the only way to feel better and stay better. It’s like the old saying “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
There are a lot of people out there trying to sell you a bunch of junk. The infomercials and commercials abound:
“Take this pill and your life will turn around.” (Just don’t read the fine print!)
“This machine will cure your back pain.”
“Come see me 60 times and you will be pain free.”
The secret is, you and you alone hold the power to improve your life and yes, even rid yourself of pain. You don’t need a pill, or a lifetime of adjustments. You need to get back to basics like how to sit and stand, how to move and what to eat and drink. And yes, you may need some adjustments and soft tissue work to get your body moving in the right direction.
As world-renowned physical therapist Gray Cook says, “First learn how to move well, and then move often.”
We have just become lost in all the smoke and mirrors of advertising. Bottom line is you have to want to get better and you have to do it yourself with some proper guidance. That is what I provide to my patients and what I hope to provide in posts to come.
Yours in Movement!
Dr. Andrew Baer