Many recent studies have found that simple, straightforward behavior modification doesn’t usually work. You can’t just will yourself to not yell at your kids, you can’t just convince yourself to eat better and exercise more, and you can’t simply create new habits and thought processes out of nothing. Instead, you need to go back to the root behind the problematic habit (or the lack of the good habit) to determine what has created the behavior that needs modifying.
For example, if I decide that I want to eat healthier but then struggle to make good food choices, I need to not just make a plan to change my habits, but I need to understand the why behind those habits. Do I tend to stress eat? Do I eat as a reward to myself? Do I mindlessly eat when I’m bored? Why don’t I have the self-control to turn down sweets even when I’m full? We need to delve into these core problems that create our motivations and therefore our behaviors, and we have to do this before we can effectively alter our behaviors.
Mental Health Improvement Strategies = Physical Health Improvement Strategies
This idea of getting to the root of an issue to change the issue is a key to good mental health. But it’s also a key to good physical health. When we have physical symptoms, such as pain or discomfort, we try to modify the pain and get rid of it. We take medicine, we put an ice pack on it, or we take a nap. This may alleviate the symptom temporarily, but it’s not getting to the root of the issue. It’s not stopping the problem at its source.
Just like our mental health comparison, getting rid of symptoms (or less-than-ideal behaviors) doesn’t get rid of the thing that’s causing them—it’s simply covering them up. This may work temporarily in a very short-term way, but it’s not going to withstand months or even years. Just like we have to face the core issues at the source of mental health struggles, we also have to deal with the source of the problems when it comes to our mental health.
Chiropractic Care Gets to the Root Cause
Chiropractic care is one of the only branches of healthcare that aims to address the root cause of health problems. Although Dr. Grant Lisetor cares about how you feel, it’s more important to him that your body is functioning well. That means removing any interference in the central nervous system that is negatively impacting how your body is working.
When the spine is adjusted by a neurologically-based chiropractor like Dr. Grant, many ailments, illnesses, and discomforts are alleviated. So much dysfunction stems from misalignments of the spine that when they are removed, the body is able to work better and it heals itself and eliminates symptoms naturally, from the inside out.
Rather than just treat symptoms of your physical health issues, schedule a visit to Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte. Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team are ready to serve you and help you get to the source of your problems so you can experience true healing and real health.
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