There’s a paradigm of thought within society, and especially in the United States, of the idea that “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it”. While this may be true for some issues, for our bodies it’s often the worst idea. A mindset of prevention and protection rather than damage control of acute and chronic issues is pertinent to having overall health and wellness. In fact, it’s such an integral part of our health, that many insurance companies, large corporations, and even small businesses are incentivizing preventative health habits such as step counts, joining and actively participating in gyms, and getting routine physical examinations. They realize from a cost standpoint, that prevention is cheaper than damage control.
But what about your spine health? What about chiropractic care as an integral part of your preventative health and wellness care? After all, low back and neck pain are the by far the largest disability and workers compensation claims in the United States. Often, patients come into our office bent over or stiff as a board, barely able to stand or turn their head, and the inevitable question always is, “when did this start?” Most answers tend to surround a common theme, “well it was feeling good, until….”, I think you know what I’m referring to. Pain is often the last symptom that manifests with a health issue, and while under care is often the first symptom to reduce or disappear outright. But is pain a good indicator of our spinal health?
For a moment, let’s use the concept of pain as our health indicator. Under this idea, if our bodies are operating the way they should then we shouldn’t feel pain, and when pain appears is the initial onset of a problem. But using this paradigm of thought is flawed. Health conditions such as degenerative disc/joint disease, cavities in our teeth, cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, in fact some forms of metastatic cancers are often insidious or without knowledge that a problem is even present, “until….”. By that point, it may be too late. So early detection and prevention are the best ways of managing and ensuring that effective health care can be rendered before the problem worsens.
We can also use your vehicle as another example for why this paradigm of thought is flawed. Preventative maintenance is crucial to having the longest life out of your vehicle and avoiding very expensive costs later down the line when we end up broke down on the side of the road. For this reason, we check and change the oil frequently, we rotate our tires, we check fluids and inspect the quality of the belts and wear level on the brake pads. At some point, we repair or replace as needed to avoid being broke down on the side of road. Our vehicles thankfully even have a Check Engine Light that warns us of problems and possible upcoming doom. Yet when that dreaded light comes on, some people continue to ignore it and go on their merry way; “until….”. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t have a Check Engine Light warning us of upcoming discomfort, and pain is usually past the point of a warning sign, so why do most people use pain as their “Check Engine Light”? Wouldn’t it be easier, less expensive, and overall better quality of life to take preventative steps to protect our spines from pain and suffering as well as potential breakdowns in the future? Call and schedule your maintenance visit today, and please don’t wait for your Check Engine Light to come on, your health and wellness is important!