Is It Common or Is It Normal?

Almost nobody is completely healthy one hundred percent of the time – our bodies will get sick or injured and then heal. But some health conditions are more serious and can cause chronic pain, diminish quality of life, and even be life-threatening. You may often hear that some of these conditions are normal – but is that really true?

Some people use “normal” in this context to mean “common,” and it is important to know the difference. Any illness that impacts many people can be considered common, but that doesn’t mean it is the normal state of the human body. At Greater Life Chiropractic, our focus is on spinal alignment that helps the body return to a baseline of proper communication and functioning, which should be considered “normal.”

Common Health Conditions That Are Not “Normal”

What is considered common is up for interpretation, but you can think about some major illnesses throughout the population—for example, type 2 diabetes. There are an estimated 20 million people in the United States that currently have type 2 diabetes, which is a large portion of the population and could be considered very common throughout the country.

But type 2 diabetes is not normal – the body is not meant to work in this way. Type 2 diabetes means there is an issue with insulin production in the body that medical intervention, dietary changes, and lifestyle adjustments must be used to manage. This doesn’t mean that people with the disease have done anything wrong, but their body is not functioning normally, and it’s a disservice to the entire population to treat this like a normal thing.

This concept applies to everything from serious diseases like diabetes to sensations and experiences many people have. Another example is something Dr. Grant Lisetor often treats called “tech neck.” Because so many people spend their days at a desk, looking down at a computer, or staring at their phone, it is common for their posture to be impacted. The constant leaning forward of the head places a lot of strain on the neck and shoulders and can even cause changes to the curvature of the cervical spine.

We see tech neck often at Greater Life Chiropractic, and it is certainly more common than we even know. But it is not normal and requires adjustments to return the spine to its proper form.

Managing Your Health with Chiropractic Care

The goal of chiropractic care is to help the body heal itself and achieve as much true normalcy as possible. The spine is connected to our central nervous system, which transfers signals throughout the entire body. When something is misaligned in the spine, it can impact your entire body, preventing proper functioning and creating or worsening common illnesses. 

Often, visiting a Charlotte chiropractor is one of the first steps toward healing common health conditions and physical ailments. Our goal is not just to leave you feeling what is common, but what is normal for your body, which may actually be uncommon for you. Make your first appointment with Dr. Grant Lisetor today to begin working toward a baseline level of health and wellness.


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