The myth of “a bad back”… don’t give up on your health

The myth of “a bad back”… don’t give up on your health

We’ve all heard it before: someone in your life shaking their head and saying resignedly that they just have a “bad back” as an excuse for their chronic pain or persistent symptoms. It’s a pervasive phrase, used by countless people for dozens of reasons—surgery, stress injuries, or even pain they’ve had since playing sports as a kid. It symbolizes people giving up on their health, and accepting a lifetime of discomfort and a loss of functionality when it isn’t necessary. It takes over their life and keeps them from living their true potential. It’s also not a good way to start the New Year.

Think of it this way:

If you had a cavity in a tooth, and you let it get bad enough to where you needed a root canal, would you let that tooth stay in your mouth and cause you pain every time you bit down wrong? No. It certainly would have been easier to have taken care of it when it was just a cavity, and easier still to have simply kept up your oral hygiene of brushing and flossing diligently. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t address the issue at any stage of injury.

The same principle applies to your spine and the central nervous system it protects. Misalignments and injuries are always easiest to heal when they first occur, but even five or ten years down the line, taking the first step towards health is better than leaving it alone.

Cavities don’t disappear on their own, and your spine can’t be put back into alignment by hoping or doing nothing. When was the last time you had your spine and nervous system checked by a professional?

Make it your New Year’s Resolution.

By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit

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