You walk into your Chiropractor's office, take a seat on the table and point to where it hurts. But the Chiropractor adjusts a completely different part of your spine… not even close to where you feel the pain. Why?
There's an old saying that states when you step on a dog's tail, it barks out the other end. In Chiropractic, that means where you hurt (the bark) isn't necessarily where the problem is (the tail). Often the symptom you feel in one area is due to a remote cause. For example, someone with sciatica may feel pain down their leg, but the cause of the problem is a Vertebral Subluxation in their spine.
Chiropractors realize that if you address the cause of the symptom, the body will no longer have a need to produce it. That's why Chiropractors focus on fixing underlying problems and not superficial effects. Chasing after symptoms is like a dog chasing its own tail – spinning around and around until it gets dizzy, confused and frustrated. It's much smarter to address the underlying cause from the start.