Do you look after your car more than you do your body ? Prevention is better then cure, or how to get the most out of your body and health.
Your driving down the road when a little yellow light pops up on your dashboard. The light indicates that your car is now due for its 15,000km service, from which you now know that it is time to book your car in for a service. During this service the mechanic changes oil, attends to any other areas that may be needing to be fixed as well little checks over to ensure your car is safe and that you prevent bigger issue or breakdown from occurring. A car just like the human body is machine with many moving parts, but why do most of us look after a machine that we get from a to b then the machine we are stuck with for life, our body?
The health of the body is undergoing constant stress and adaptation, from food posture, poor repetitive movements and stress. Like your car, to get the best and long life out of your body requires services to ensure longevity and quality of life. We hate the thought of being stuck on the side of the road broken down, but we are happy to run our body until it breaks. The quote “prevention is better than cure” is a familiar one, but how well do you practice it?
Before the onset of many injuries, faults in movement, balance, muscle activation occur. Similar to your car, when car begins to pull to one side because the alignment of the suspension has been disrupted due to the bad pothole you just hit, your body has tell tale signs to indicate things are not going so right or left (depending on which way you pulling toward).
So what can be done to address this? Health is roller coaster, it’s going up, side to side depending on what is happening in your life. So understanding that looking after your body and being healthy is a day to day habit, a lifestyle. Regular care and maintenance helps to get the most out if it. This is why it is recommended to have little tune ups to help prevent the onset of major issues. The spine is the centre at which, posture, balance and movement is based around. Keeping this moving to its full capacity is vital for health and function. This is why like dental check ups, spinal checkups are important for health. When was your last check up?
Dr Nicholas Miller
Dr Nicholas Miller has extensive sports experience, from Amateur to Olympic level, from running to Crossfit and many more. A high level athlete himself, Nicholas works to helps his patients to recover but also to perform better. Nicholas works out of Healthspace Lane Cove, Mosman and Castle Hill. Dr Nicholas can be reached at nicholas@healthspaceclinics.