You’re 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. You know it’s time to book your car in for a service. The mechanic changes the oil, and attends to any areas that need to be fixed. The mechanic will also perform little checks to ensure your car is safe and to prevent bigger issues or breakdowns in the future.
A car is a machine with many moving parts – a bit like the human body. So why do most of us look after a machine that gets us from A to B, but wait till the machine we live in breaks down before we fix it?
The health of the body is under constant pressure, from poor food to bad posture, repetitive movements and stress. Like your car, to get the best out of your body it requires regular maintenance. Services to the body ensure longevity and quality of life. We hate the thought of being stuck on the side of the road broken down, but do we consider what will happen if we don’t look after our body?
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 and muscle activation occur. It’s similar to your car, when it begins to pull to one side when you hit a pothole and the alignment of the suspension is disrupted. Your body also has tell-tale signs that indicate things are not going so right, or left!
So what can be done to address this?
Health is a roller coaster, going up and down, side to side, depending on what is happening in your life. So we all need to understand that looking after our bodies and being healthy is a daily 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 at the centre of your posture, balance and movement. Keeping this moving to its full capacity is vital for health and function. This is why spinal check ups, like dental check ups, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org