I have to commend Dentists! They have done a wonderful job at educating the public on the need for preventative maintenance with regards to our teeth. Most people would not think of going to bed without some regiment of brushing and flossing. We have regular check-ups with our dentist to see if there are any cavities creeping in. Many people go through an extensive process to have their children's teeth straightened with braces if their alignment is not good. We expend considerable time, energy and money on maintaining our teeth.
Ironically, our teeth are the only part of our body that we can replace with relative ease. I'm not suggesting that dentures are a breeze, or that we should ignore preventative measures with regards to our mouth. However, I would suggest we spend as much time, energy and yes, money, on maintaining the rest of our body.
There is an old expression- "you've got to use it or lose it." This is particularly true of our bodies. The sedentary lifestyle of our culture is one of the most significant factors in the decline of our health. We sit a lot. We are less active. We need to put some solid effort in to the maintenance of these machines that we call our bodies.
Strengthening our core muscles will reduce strain on our joints and prevent subsequent wear and tear. Regular cardiovascular exercise will maintain the function of the heart and lungs. Stretching overly tight muscles will improve flexibility and allow the inevitable postural stress we face to be properly distributed and diminish its negative effects.
Just as we brush and floss, we should be stretching, strengthening and doing cardio in our everyday lives. As we have regular dental check-ups, we should have regular physical tune-ups at the chiropractor, to make sure we catch small problems before they become big problems. If things are badly out of line, we may need a period where we spend some time and energy on improving alignment, much like we apply braces to poorly aligned teeth so that they will wear well and not cause future problems.
We have recently started a new year. Some of us made resolutions to get in "better" shape. How is it going? Whether you made a resolution or not, it is never too late to plan to improve your health. Use it or lose it! Schedule a check-up at our office. Find out what exercises would most benefit your body. Join us for our workshop, All About Exercise, and find out tips to prevent injury and maximize your health potential. Tuesday, January 26 @ 7 pm. Sign up now!!!
As has been said before, if you wear your body out, where are you going to live?
You may also develop your 'self healing through self connection' by doing Somato Respiratory Integration at home. See the website to sign up for the upcoming workshop on February 2.
If you want to know more about Network Care, check out our website www.WellnessFamilyCare.com. Set up an appointment at our office to have your spine checked!