Hello, all! I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter weekend and are currently nursing your tummies that hurt from too much chocolate consumption!
Today’s (short) blog post will discuss why it is important to visit a chiropractor despite having no symptoms of pain and no obvious dysfunction.
Most would agree it is important to visit a dentist every so often to get one’s teeth checked and cleaned, even if one has no tooth pain. A dental hygienist and dentist will be able to see the beginnings of a cavity, of gingivitis, and of other common conditions that can become more serious down the road if early intervention is not taken.
Did you know that people can have atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, for years without a single symptom? It takes years, even decades, for this disease to progress, and yet some people won’t have a single symptom until they reach their 50s and 60s.
Often times, patients with lung cancer will not know they have lung cancer until the cancer has spread to other organs. This is because our lungs have such a large reserve, and normal respiration can occur without the function of the entirety of both lungs.
Many common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as the human papillomavirus and chlamydia, are often completely asymptomatic. This is one of the main reasons why these diseases are so common; people assume they have no STIs if they have no signs or symptoms of one, and continue to have unprotected sex.
How many times have you heard the tragic story of the young man or woman who passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed congenital cardiac arrhythmia?
And how about high blood pressure? Have you ever been surprised to hear your medical doctor tell you at a checkup that your blood pressure is quite high? You’re not alone. Often times, high blood pressure causes zero signs or symptoms.
I think you can understand where I am going with this: Of course it is smart to see a chiropractor, a non-surgical spine expert, whenever you have back pain or dysfunction. But does it not make sense to see a chiropractor once in awhile just to have your back thoroughly examined for the first time, or for routine check-ups? With 4 years of graduate school education; internship; and national Board exams, all focusing on the back joints, muscles, and central nervous system, I can promise you that we are the most knowledgeable primary health care practitioners you can trust to take care of your back health.
Just some food for thought.
Dr. Julia Viscomi