In Greek mythology, Achilles obtained his powers of strength and invincibility when his mother dipped him into the River Styxx. But because she held him by his heel, it was not washed by the water of the magical river. Achilles survived many great battles but as fate would have it, a poisonous arrow found the weak spot in his heel, leading to his death. Thus the phrase 'Achilles Heel' - a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, which can potentially lead to downfall.
Recurring weak spots in your spine (subluxations) can lead to your potential downfall if neglected. While Achilles acquired his vulnerability from a mother's mistake, we acquire our own spinal weaknesses from a myriad of poor postural habits, physical traumas and accidents - everyone has their own specific 'Achilles Subluxation' which rears its ugly head when we're under too much stress.
Because we all experience daily stresses in life, it's important to locate your specific subluxation pattern and correct it before it has a negative effect on your health. Regular, protective Chiropractic care does just that. If you have a weak spot in your armor, Chiropractic can give you the strength needed to over come it.
If you decide to take up golf without investing in a few lessons first (like our friend former NBA All Star, Charles Barkley did) you're bound to develop some bad habits. And once those bad habits get locked into muscle memory, don't expect a few training sessions to fix it! It's going to take time and repetition to undo the damage.
Likewise, if your spine develops poor alignment and dysfunction from years of bad habits (i.e. not being checked for Subluxations regularly), don't expect a few sessions at the Chiropractor's to reverse the damage. A corrective care schedule is likely needed to re-train 'normal' back into your spine - undoing years of structural weakness, faulty muscle memory and abnormal motion. The good news? Just like proper training and practice can eventually improve a bad golf swing, proper adjustments and a consistent schedule can improve poor spinal mechanics - reducing the threat of bigger problems down the road.
Undoing bad habits takes time, effort and commitment. But with the right coaching, hard work and a strong desire to change - you can get it done. Make sure you follow the recommended care plan developed by your Chiropractor to get the results you're hoping for.
It's just a golf tee, a small piece of wood barely weighing an ounce. But when you bent to pick it up after finishing the last hole, it may as well have been a 300 lb barbell. You felt your back pop and now the searing spasm is setting in. How could such a little thing cause such a big problem?
What you didn't realize is your spine had been going bad for some time now. At some point, your vertebrae lost their alignment - possibly a few months ago from a minor slip or maybe from years of neglect. Subtle nerve pressure ensued (subluxation) and now your muscles are doing just about all they can to keep you upright. Bending over on the 9th green was literally the last tee that broke the camel's back.
When a minor act turns into a major injury, it's not what you did that concerns your Chiropractor the most - it's what you're NOT doing that does. Let it be a lesson to pay more attention to the maintenance needs of your spine. Do the smart thing - stay regular with your spinal adjustments to prevent a repeat event.