The Genetic Myth Unraveled

Many of us spent time with family over the holiday (good luck with that!). We will do the things that we’ve always done together from playing ball to eating special meals to napping in front of the TV.

Patients occasionally tell me that they have specific health issues, “…because Mom and Dad had the same thing.” While that is sometimes true, many things we ‘get’ from our families we don’t have to ‘keep’.

Common ailments like back pain or headaches or arthritis are often inherited from our family – but in a way different than you might think. While we certainly inherit our family’s genes we also inherit their habits.

family eating dinner watching tvAs children, we learn to stand and walk and eat and sleep by emulating our family members. If Mom has poor posture and dad sleeps in front of the TV and the whole family eats Twinkies and pizza for supper then we are likely to do the same.

Behavioral Genetics is the study of these contrasts. 

The great news is that many seemingly genetic shortcomings are actually habitual and can be improved or eliminated. Perhaps Dad has arthritis and pain in his neck from poor posture or sleeping in a chair. What if Mom’s bad feet are a result of wearing terrible shoes her whole life? Maybe your brother’s headaches result from a terrible diet and hunching over a computer twelve hours a day.

These are all issues that can be improved or eliminated. Unfortunately, many of these learned faults have caused physical changes that now need to be dealt with.

At Hall Chiropractic Center we know that your present health is a result of your past. Diet, exercise, posture, work even past injuries add up to the sum of who we are now. Our unique treatment protocol is designed to help unravel the knots of life’s transgressions. It includes addressing the causes of your problems – not just the symptoms.

Our comprehensive care plan includes clinical and home work to strengthen muscles, improve posture and increase mobility all aimed at restoring your good health.

Call Dr. Hall at 803-412-2240 or visit us at 1171 Market Street, Suite 104 for a no-obligation consultation. Our office is open Monday through Friday at 7AM. We accept most health insurances to better serve you.