From the day we come into this world till the day we leave we have responsibilities for taking care of ourselves. For example, every day I personally take a shower, brush my teeth, shave, drink water, and eat. I do this every single day. And if I neglect a portion of it there are consequences. They may not be dire, maybe smelling bad one day or having bad breath, but if I neglect them long enough things get worse and sometimes the consequences are not what I intend, like cavities, or gum disease, or smelling so bad my friends won’t even talk to me. You never really plan what the consequences are, they just happen. Every one of us is likely guilty of neglecting some part of the required maintenance of our bodies. For me my major neglect is exercise. I know that I should exercise my body every day or at least 5 days out of 7, but I don’t do that regularly, so there are consequences that I suffer like being overweight or not feeling up to doing things that are active that I would enjoy doing. So what does this have to do with Chiropractic? Well it’s easy. People come into the office all the time because something hurts. Headaches, backaches, carpel tunnel, you name it and it hurts. So they begin a course of treatment with the intension that once it gets fixed they’ll be all better, but there’s more to it than that. Your body heals itself. Let me say that again. Your body heals itself. But the problem is that in order for it to continue to do so you have to perform the required maintenance. This will include eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and continuing with your chiropractic checkups. Just like going to the dentist every six months. You’re not addicted to going to the dentist. You’re going because you know that doing so prevents things like cavities and gum disease (gingivitis) It’s the same with your spine. Getting the primary subluxations discovered and corrected is the initial or emergency phase of your care, but to truly live a long and healthy life you need to do the maintenance care that will prevent these troubles from piling up again and putting you back into pain. I know that for me, I do get adjusted regularly. It’s one of the things I discovered 9 years ago, and have been pretty good at remembering to do regularly. It’s the working out every day I have more troubles with, but I know if I did that too and added that to my regular maintenance schedule I would have more energy and vitality for enjoying the rest of my life. Do you ever wake up and say to yourself. You know I should brush my teeth, but I did that when I was 8, so I pretty much have that taken care of. No? Then why would you think that way about the health of your spine? Just because you got it taken care of through the emergency stages of your early neglect doesn’t mean you’re good for the rest of your life. Subluxation, just like plaque on your teeth, happens in increments all the time. And getting checked regularly is your early warning detection for helping your body function better and maintain your health. Your health is important. There is nothing else in this world that can replace the vitality of your body to allow yourself to enjoy life. Chiropractic helps increase that vitality and allows your body to function better. Call the office today after you get done showering, drinking water, eating breakfast, and brushing your teeth, and make an appointment to see how your spine is doing. You will be glad you did, because of how much more vitality and energy you will have throughout your day by getting your spine checked and adjusted. And as for me, I’m going to start working out every work day for at least 45 minutes, because I know it’s important to take care of my body, it’s just hard sometimes, because there are so many other demands on my time, but that’s what life is all about. So call today and tell all your friends about Chiropractic and Hahn Family Chiropractic.