Treating Symptoms VS Correcting The Cause

We are currently in a health crisis in America. We live in a society that spends more money on healthcare than any other country, yet rank horribly compared to other countries in terms of life expectancy and infant mortality. This newest generation is the first ever that will not live as long as their parents! Let that sink in for a moment.

Our technology, resources and research in medicine are incredible and continue to improve. So why the devastating rankings and poor health outcomes?  Our health preservation, illness prevention and stress management system is completely broken. Traditionally, people are labeled and treated based on their symptoms/pathology Well, what are symptoms? They are signals your body gives to identify an underlying problem, much like a fire alarm going off in your house. Now, if we take the batteries out of the fire alarm, eliminating the “symptom” have we addressed the real cause of the problem? No, and the fire that caused the initial symptom is allowed to keep burning causing more damage.  This is important, because treating symptoms will never address the root cause of what is truly taking place. 

Symptoms are very important in healthcare, but at Explore Chiropractic we dive deeply into the root cause of your symptoms, help correct the cause of your aches, pains, and dysfunction through a gentle and specific chiropractic care model you can’t find anywhere else! 


To provide further insight on how the body adapts physiologically under stress, here at Explore Chiropractic Dr Dan likes to use the “rubber band” analogy. When your body is properly adapting to stress, the spinal cord is in its most relaxed position – like a “rubber band” resting in the palm of your hand. When consumed by stress, the tension on the spinal cord increases. The dura (the outer layer of the spinal cord) stretches and twists, like when you pull on both ends of a rubber band. When stress becomes chronic, your spinal cord can no longer achieve a relaxed position. Nor can it return to its normal state. Harmful neurological patterns can then develop and make it impossible for your body to adapt and recover. Our model of care breaks these harmful neurological patterns and restores that stretched and worn out rubber band (your spine) to its original and healthy condition!

At Explore Chiropractic, we often ask, “Are you being chased by a tiger?”

What does that mean?

Being chased by a tiger in synonymous to a body that is under constant and chronic stress, prioritizing the resources away from healing and rest.

Your body is able to “adapt to”and “recover from” stress. STRESS (ie. physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual) affects us everyday of our lives – it’s inevitable and unavoidable! However, our body’s were created to “adapt physiologically” to the stressors in our lives and then return back to a place of homeostasis and rest.

It is the lack of resiliency to stress that leads to all the health problems that people face today.

Common physiological changes to chronic stress (symptoms of being chased by a tiger):

  • Neck and Back Pain

  • Difficulty Sleeping

  • Fatigue

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Reproductive Issues

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Digestive issues

  • Weight Gain

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Dural adhesions

  • Taking blood thinners

  • Auto Immune problems

  • Blood sugar issues

  • Addiction

  • Attention Deficit

  • Hyperactivity

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Neurological degeneration

  • Chronic illness

At Explore, our goal is not to treat the symptoms of stress, but to address and heal the source. 

We cage tigers!