Pain is a measure of inability, function is a measure of ability.
Our current system is poorly named. We call it “health care” when in reality it would be better named “sick care.” We have been taught in this system that you should see your doctor when you have some sort of inability or impediment to your daily routine. Our system is VERY GOOD at sick care. It is not focused on health it is focused on eliminating sickness.
If you focus on health you have to start where ever you are at in the spectrum of wellness and aim to improve it. If you are “within normal limits” that doesn’t mean you are healthy it just means that you aren’t sick enough to require medication. We can easily see this principle in the people around us. Some people aren’t sick, but you wouldn’t call them fit or vibrantly healthy either. Some people you look at and can tell that they take care of their body, and some don’t, but the vast majority of them aren’t “sick.” Health care should be about getting you as healthy as you can be.
Going to a chiropractor only when you have back pain is like going to a dentist only when you have tooth pain, or only going to the gym when you feel fat. Chiropractors are about more than just “sick care,” though we do care for people when they are in pain, we also will encourage and recommend health care to help you be as vibrant as possible. You see pain can measure how unable you are to do something, but we want to measure how able you are to do things. How fast can you run? How much can you do? If you would like to improve your ability see your chiropractor. Olympic and Professional Athletes do it because even though they are not sick and their ability may be above yours and mine they want to max out their ability. How able do you want to be? Your chiropractor can help you achieve that level of health/function/ability.