It’s Little Pebbles Like This

That make great education tools when I’m trying to explain to a patient why it’s so important to go after the cause and not just the symptoms.
Imagine this little pebble stuck in somebody’s right shoe, and they go for a big, long walk. Of course, the pebble in the shoe is going to cause some pain in that foot.
They’re going to begin to limp for a while, and if they limp long enough and just leave that pebble there, and they just go about their day and their life with a pebble in their shoe, after a while, what do you think is going to hurt the most?
Is it going to be the foot where the pebble is, or are they going to begin to have some symptoms in the other leg and their lower back and their hip?
The areas that are constantly compensating for the limp, right?
When it comes to treating the cause of that problem, taking the pebble out is the cause, not walking with a cane or buying a brace for the other leg, or a special orthotic or pain-relieving ointments, right?
If you treat the cause, which is to take out the pebble, and then you just wait for a while, the inflammation and all the other stuff that was happening will eventually go away, and everything works right again.
If you leave the pebble in there and just deal with the effects of the problem, putting a knee brace on the other leg, walking with a cane, then there’s no ever getting over the problem.
Then the person is just going to have to learn how to live with it, which is what symptom management is.
Symptom management is learning how to live with the problem versus resolving the issue.
If somebody out there watching this video feels like they’re stuck in that trap, or they’re on a hamster wheel of managing effect after effect after effect and never really getting to the cause of the issue, that’s where we come in.
My name is Doctor Jason. I work at The Specific Chiropractic Center here in Chico, and I take out pebbles. I take out causes all day long so people can get their life and their health back on track.