In this 200th anniversary year of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, each of us can increase our health and well-being by applying his guidance to our regular exercise activities. Thoreau, one of t ...View Article
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|What Problems Need Attention?|
In sports injuries there's a very good rule of thumb - a relative scale by which to grade the severity of an injury. Here it is from least to worst.
Most people are procrastinators. It seems to be human nature to let things go until the last minute. We let magazines, papers, and books pile up on the desks until the process of finding what we're looking for resembles an archeological dig. Some of us have garages, rooms and attics that look a lot like our desks - overflowing with stuff. Eventually, the simple task of finding something you need is like exploring for treasure in a dark, long-abandoned cave. It often takes increasing levels of frustration to motivate us enough to make the effort to declutter and clean our desks, homes and garages..
Sometimes it seems as if procrastinating is hard-wired into our DNA. This is particularly true when it comes to our health. No one wants to go to the doctor, so it becomes even easier to put off the needed checkup. Whether it's our chiropractor, our dentist, or our family physician, nobody seems to want to pick up the phone, go to the office, and take care of business. Of course, procrastination in relation to our health can lead to some major problems. Tooth pain that comes and goes might not seem like such a big deal. But if the coming and going is fairly consistent, then there's probably a cavity that needs filling. You keep putting it off and when you finally get around to going to our dentist, you learn you need an expensive root canal and a crown. That's not good.
Or perhaps you're playing pickup basketball on the weekend. You go up for a rebound and get shoved in the back. The next day you have lower back pain. You keep thinking it'll go away, but it's now four weeks later and your back is still stiff and sore. Had you seen your chiropractor the first week, after the pain had persisted for four or five days, treatment might have been pretty straightforward. Now you learn it's going to take at least several weeks of treatment before you can play ball again. Not good. Procrastination with your health always costs more time and more money in the end. Prevention and, if necessary, early detection, are the keys.
When it comes to your health, the opposite of procrastination is managing your symptoms. It's not necessary to run to your chiropractor for every ache and pain or to run to your family physician for every sniffle or low-grade fever. However, it is important and necessary to pay attention to what's going on with your body. Pay attention and make note of your symptoms. If minor symptoms linger and become chronic, it probably means something is wrong and your body needs some assistance to get better. Once you begin paying attention a learning curve will kick in. You'll develop skill in identifying problems that need attention. The next step, of course, is to pick up the phone, make an appointment, and get the help you need. Your Millar chiropractor will be glad to be of service in identifying the problem and providing appropriate treatment or a referral when necessary.