So when someone comes in or calls, and they tell me a story that involves a piece of paper or a sock, chances are they’ve had that problem for a long time.

What do I mean by this?

Well, here’s how this story commonly sounds. Hey, Doc, I don’t know what I did, but I just bent down in my office to pick up a piece of paper, and then, WHAM, my back goes out, and I could barely get up.

If those are the stories that we hear, the person on the phone, the person in the office thinks that the problem just happened right in that moment.

But the truth is the problem has probably been there for a long time.

Spines are generally very stable and very strong.

I mean, look at what Olympic athletes can do to their body when they properly train it.

So we know that spines can handle more than putting on socks in the morning and not get thrown out.

So if that’s what’s happening, chances are there’s a long-term alignment problem in the spine that’s been there for a while.

And whatever that thing was, the paper or the sock, was just that last little straw that broke the camel’s back.

Only about 10% of your nerve fibers carry pain signals.

So you’re missing about 90% of the information, and sometimes the answers are found in that other 90% that you can’t feel day-to-day in terms of pain.

Which is why I think that taking a holistic approach like we do is so effective.