By Jack Choate, DC
When is the last time you had your vehicle’s oil changed? Had the tires rotated? Chances are, most of you were able to recall an answer quickly. Now answer this question: When is the last time you saw your chiropractor for a spinal adjustment? Aha! I sensed a long silence with that question. Now many of you currently see the chiropractor because you have neck or back pain and that’s great! I hope it’s helping. However, if you don’t have any symptoms, are you still seeing the chiropractor? Your normal response might be, “no, I don’t need to” or “no, why should I”?
A little bit of regular maintenance…
will help prevent a major breakdown.
Let’s go back to my original line of automotive questions. Why is it that we change our car’s oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles? Do we change the oil because the car isn’t running well? Do we rotate the car’s tires because there’s a problem with the tires? The answer, of course, is “no” to both questions. The automotive industry has done a fantastic job conditioning us consumers that we need to take care of our cars and trucks. Heck, we even have that little sticker on our windshield that tells us when we should have our next oil change! Ever hear of people who got 200,000 or 300,000 miles or more on their vehicle’s engines? I can guarantee that those people were religious about changing their oil at regular intervals. The fact is that regular maintenance to our vehicles helps extend the life of the vehicle. If we don’t change the life blood of the car’s engine on a regular basis, the engine will breakdown prematurely and we are likely facing expensive repair bills like an engine overall. If you think about it, doesn’t it make good sense to take care of all the important things in our life like cars, boats, RVs, houses, lawn mowers, snow throwers, etc.? What’s the old adage? ”Take care of the equipment and the equipment will take care of you.” A $35 oil change four times a year is certainly cheaper than a brand new engine!
So what does all this have to do with seeing the chiropractor? Glad you asked. Like our cars, the human body is made of many moving parts. In fact, we have about 640 skeletal muscles and 360 joints in our bodies and most of them affect our movement on a daily basis. We also have an intricate system of nerves that communicate our brains with the rest of our body. With injuries, bad posture, repetitive strain, and the stresses of life, our muscles, joints, and nerves accumulate wear and tear. With time, it can lead to an ache or pain—often time when it is least expected or the worst timing. Humans are creatures of habit—if we hurt, we go to the doctor but if we feel good, we don’t do anything. Chiropractors are specialists in finding and correcting spinal and extremity alignment problems that can lead to back/neck pain or symptoms in the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, and wrist. And do you know what? You don’t have to be in pain to get the benefit of a well-balanced and properly adjusted spine. Regular chiropractic visits help your body function better and people often comment that they don’t get sick as often and just plain feel better. Like preventative maintenance to your vehicle, it’s about taking care of the body before a major problem develops. Aren’t you worth more than your car?
can help prevent permanent damage.
Maintaining your spine throughout life…
And remember—even the best vehicle maintenance plan has its limits. It will still eventually break down or at least parts will need to be replaced. If YOU break down, what store will you go to for a replacement spinal bone, joint, muscle or nerve? Our bodies need to last us a lifetime. And although orthopedic surgery has made good advances in bone/joint medicine, the artificial parts they use are never as good as our original equipment. So go see your chiropractor today for a spinal tune-up and get on a wellness program to stay mobile, healthy and pain-free for the rest of your life! Chiropractic is inexpensive, safe, and natural!