Have you ever heard the term "a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention"? In the health care world we use this expression to mean that with a small amount of care before a problem or symptom appears you can avoid the necessity of a lot of care or treatment once symptoms do appear.
This is especially true in chiropractic which focuses on the proper movement and function of the spine, joints, nerves, and muscles. The kinds of issues that chiropractors specialize in treating don't generally produce any noticeable symptoms when they initially show up. Small misalignment in a joints over time cause uneven wear and tear which eventually leads to painful conditions like osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. We can generally identify these issues years before they ever start to produce pain.
Just as routine dental cleanings along with home care like brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, regular chiropractic adjustments with home exercise help prevent early or uneven joint degeneration and the problems that come with it.
Ask any senior struggling to get around what they would give to go back and take better care of their joints in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s and I can promise you they would trade a lot. The earlier you start the bigger difference it can make, but starting to take care of your joints at any age will be an investment you wont regret.
For more information on spinal manipulation and other preventative spinal treatments we invite you to call us anytime. At south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, your health and happiness is our primary concern.