By Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic –
Every driver knows that you can’t get to your destination with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake. For safe, efficient travel you switch smoothly between these two pedals and you reach your destination. But simple machines such as automobiles are fairly easy to operate. There aren’t that many options. The human machine, on the other hand, has an almost infinite number of possible operating modes. And the human machine doesn’t come with an instruction manual.
What does “riding the brakes” look like for humans? What slows us down? What actions interfere with our ability to thrive, our ability to enjoy vibrant good health? Not eating a wide variety of nutritious food is a prime culprit. Our bodies are not designed to live on fast food, lots of simple carbohydrates, and a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. Another “brake” on good health is limited physical activity. Our bodies were designed long ago for vigorous physical work, i.e., exercise.
When we buy a new car the schedule of maintenance is clear. Check-ups and an oil and filter change every 5000 miles. Bigger systems overhauls every 15,000 miles, with specific diagnostics and possible replacements at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and so on. Most cars have a built-in reminder that flashes when it’s time to go to the dealership. Everything’s laid out for us.
But with our bodies – very possibly our most precious possessions – such formal guidance is just not available. All we have to go on is folklore and guesswork. And so people ride their brakes, blithely cruising along and never giving a thought to how they’re really doing. But at some point a price must be paid and things begin to go wrong. At that point, it’s often very hard to recover.
Put simply, if we’re missing out on high-quality nutrition and plenty of exercise, we’re “riding the brakes” and may find ourselves “coming to a stop.” Hopefully we’ll notice in time that we’re “slowing down.’ We can regain our normal “cruising speed” if we’re willing to take healthy actions on our own behalf. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to restore our good health. Regular exercise, eating a variety of healthy foods, and getting regular chiropractic care are three important actions that, done consistently, will keep our physical “machine” in peak condition.
Chiropractic Care – A Key Chapter in Your Body’s Instruction Manual
Hidden physical “gotchas” can slow us down even when we’re eating high-quality, nutritious food and doing regular vigorous physical exercise. You drop your keys, bend over to pick them up, and all of a sudden you’ve hurt your lower back. Or you’re inspecting the heirloom tomatoes at the local organic market and someone calls your name. You turn your head in surprise, and suddenly you’ve twisted your neck. Hidden spinal misalignments may be the cause of these unwelcome problems.
Your chiropractor locates the source of these difficulties and chiropractic care restores more normal spinal function. Spinal muscles, ligaments, and tendons now work more effectively and you’re able to enjoy increased health and well-being. Good nutrition, exercise, and chiropractic care work together to help you thrive.