Chiropractor: Pain is the body’s ‘check engine’ light
SHOW LOW — When the average person has an ache or pain, they commonly reach for aspirin or ibuprofen for relief. Sometimes they take too much.
That can cause stomach irritation that can be serious enough to require medical attention.
Chiropractic care can treat and even cure some of the common ailments that people get, but all too often ignore other than taking pain medication.
A new chiropractor has opened in the plaza behind the gold store in the 3000 South block of White Mountain Road in Show Low. Dr. Trenton Lucas, DC, owns and operates Core Care Chiropractic, located at 2707 S. White Mountain Road, suite G.
He met with The Independent on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) to give some insight into the industry, his practice and how he can help people through muscle adjustment, as well as the cost of treatment.
First and foremost, Lucas said he wants people to know that his goal as a licensed chiropractor is to provide affordable care to everyone who comes to him. He charges $40 for new patients and only $20 for a visit to keep the cost of care as low as he can.
He said that is why his business slogan is “With prices like these, who needs insurance?”
“Movement is life,” Lucas said. “Most of my patients suffering either moderate or chronic pain come to me saying ‘I thought it would go away,’ but it didn’t.”
He said that is the way most people think when it comes to pain because they take the approach that they can just learn to live with it or compensate for it. He said that leads to people not enjoying their lives to their fullest as much as is possible.
Lucas said there are three basic components to chiropractic care: Science, Philosophy and the Art of muscle adjustment, or SPA.
The science of it is how the body works and how adjustments are made. In other words, the mechanics of being a licensed physician of chiropractic care.
Lucas pointed out that there may be some people who are unaware that in Arizona, chiropractors now go to school to learn their art and that they are required to be licensed in this state. A few decades ago in Arizona, all anyone had to do was hang a sign out in front of an office proclaiming themselves a chiropractor and they were in business. Not so anymore.
Lucas said he had to pass four national review boards and one national physiotherapy board the be certified.
One of the things that comes with cultivating the art of touching to adjust muscles, according to Lucas, is being able to tell the difference between a tight muscle and a bone.
Lucas said people often think that they have bruised or otherwise injured a bone when it is actually a tight muscle that is causing discomfort and pain. He said that is why he takes the approach that every body is unique unto itself and therefore needs individualized treatment.
Lucas said it takes practice to learn how to be a good chiropractor. He has been practicing for about four years starting in Phoenix and then here in Show Low when the opportunity arose to move to what he said was a destination location for he and his family.
He used the analogy of cooking via a recipe when it comes to honing the art of muscle adjustment. He said it is only through touching another person’s body that a chiropractor learns how to tell the difference between a muscle in distress and one that is functioning as it should without pain.
“If you don’t know how to cook, then you have to follow the recipe or the recipe won’t turn out the way it is supposed to,” he said.
Turning to what people may or may not know about their own bodies, Lucas dispelled at least one myth about cracking knuckles and arthritis. He said it is completely untrue that the former leads to the latter.
“The pop you hear when you crack your knuckles is just a gas release,” he said. “That gas replaces itself in 20-30 minutes. It is perfectly OK to gently crack your knuckles. The best way is to grasp the finger close to the knuckle and pull it straight out, gently, until you hear the pop and then let go.”
He said that is an example of applying an adjustment to a specific area of concern as is done with chiropractic care.
He also brought up back pain that a lot of people, especially the elderly, suffer with. He said it is crucial to stay mobile because, like he said before, “movement is life.” He used herniated discs in one’s back to make a point.
Lucas said that a lot of lower back pain comes from the discs in between the vertebrae that begin to bulge and press on nerves, causing pain. He said the discs begin to get thinner as people become less active, adding that getting up and staying mobile delivers needed nutrients to the discs to help keep them healthy and functioning as they are supposed to.
He made the analogy of a check engine light on the dashboard of a car that signals something is wrong and needs to be checked by a mechanic. He said pain is the body’s engine warning light, telling the person they need to get it checked out.
He said if someone comes to his office and he can help them with chiropractic care he will do it, but if they need medical attention that is beyond the scope of his office, he will tell them to make an appointment to see their physician.
“Early prevention is the key, just like engine maintenance is with a car,” he said.
Lucas said he grew up in a rural atmosphere even though he lived in the Valley and used to tell his mother that he “wanted to fix people.” He said he liked the natural approach to helping people get rid of their pain rather than overmedicating with pain relievers, so he went into chiropractic care with that mind-set.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (928) 532-1240.
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