I recently had a series of maintenance work that needed to be done on my car. It’s about to turn over 200,000 miles, so understandably, there are things that need to be updated and replaced. There weren’t any active problems, these were all pre-emptive. While it was a bit frustrating that I had to have my car in the shop and spend money on the repairs, I realized how much better it was to have it worked on when I could plan accordingly. If I had waited until the problem happened (timing belt wearing out) the mechanic said I would have been stranded, and it would cost twice as much to fix.
For those who own a car, you can relate to the upkeep and maintenance required to keep it running smoothly. If we get the oil changed, fluids flushed, tires rotated, and regular repairs done on time, the car is much more likely to run better longer. If we wait until something breaks or goes bad on the car, we can usually get by for a while before having to address the problem, but is the problem getting better or worse the longer we wait? WORSE! Not only that, but other parts of the car can start to wear out faster as well.
What does all this have to do with chiropractic?? Our bodies are like a car engine, they require regular maintenance, the proper fuel, and good alignment in order to work properly. Most people think “If I don’t have pain or an obvious problem, I’m fine, I don’t need to do anything.” Do you wait until your car engine blows up before getting the oil changed? NO! So why should it be any different with your body? If you wait until you have a crisis with your spine, it’s going to take longer to fix, and it will cost more. When you’re in crisis mode, it’s like being stranded by the side of the road with a broken-down car. It cuts into your normal routine: work, family, etc. So, I recommend having regular spinal check-ups. Pay close attention to what I’m saying, did I say you needed regular adjustments? No. Do you have to have your teeth drilled and filled every time you go to the dentist? No, but you have your teeth checked to make sure there’s no problems.
As I have talked about before, just because you don’t have pain does not automatically mean you are healthy and problem-free (Why do I need to see a chiropractor? My back doesn’t hurt). When it comes to your health, ignorance is not bliss. If there’s a problem with your spine or nervous system, it’s best to have it addressed ASAP. Thus, getting your spine checked is important.
-Dr. Tim Sullivan