I want you to imagine looking into a mirror and seeing your future self. What do you see? Are you fit and active? Your body is an investment. An investment into future happiness and how we spend our time is dependant on it’s condition. Not many people take the time to consider the function of our body until something bad happens. The body is our own precious resource for living!
Few truer words have been spoken then ‘prevention is better than a cure,’ but who goes to the doctor when they are well? Have you heard the saying if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Today we are going to remove that analogy when it comes to your body. Because we must not wait for a body to break. The agency for healthy living is maintenance.
Think about your body as a machine. Let’s say a car. If you look after your car, make sure it has oil and water, the tyre pressures are right, you get it serviced regularly, and that car will last you a lifetime. If a strange noise The body has a mechanical aspect to it, every ‘component’ and cell is connected and impacts the other. So when we care for it before something goes wrong, we prepare our body for a healthy life.
The Australian healthcare system is becoming overwhelmed, with unprecedented numbers of patients presenting to hospitals for emergency care (1). Doctors and nurses are put under high levels of stress trying to cope with increasing demands on the hospital system, for many conditions which may be managed or prevented before hospitalization is required (2).
Prevention could be the key to reducing the number of sick amongst our rank.
Hippocrates championed this idea of preventative healthcare, and he instilled in his patients the importance of lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition and spiritually in staying well.
Our body is at work tirelessly 24 hours a day seven days a week to maintain our internal environment within strict parameters. They adapt to changes in chemistry, forces and various bugs; we encounter in our day to day lives. The better we sleep, eat, move and deal with stress makes it that much easier for our bodies to maintain the balance. As a result, we get sick less often.
According to the RACGP, preventive healthcare aims to prevent illness and assist in the early detection of specific diseases whilst encouraging the promotion and maintenance of good
health (3). This means visiting the doctor not just when you’re unwell but talking about how you can stay healthy.
“The object of a physician to find health, anyone can find disease” –
AT Still M.D (founder of Osteopathy)
Prevention is a big part of Osteopathy. We know that when your body is moving well as a functional unit you are less likely to have pain or injury. In health, the body moves like a system of pullies that allow the load to be shared evenly through the system so that you move with ease and freedom.
If one of these pullies becomes damaged or stiff, instead of the load distributing evenly, other areas will be required to sustain a greater load. While the system is robust and may be able to adapt for periods of time if the load is sustained or too great the pulley system may break.
Old injuries, strains, tight muscles or stiff joints are like poorly functioning pullies. They cause the body to compensate and shift the load elsewhere. Often these areas aren’t equipped to deal with these compensations and injury, pain or discomfort is the likely result.
At Osteopaths, we practice preventative healthcare, and we are passionate about supporting your health and assisting you to move more freely. We can help to identify parts of the body that aren’t moving as well and maybe a predisposing factor for an injury later on. We can also help to provide advice on other factors like, nutrition or stress management which may be compromising how well your body can regulate itself.
If like us, you think that prevention is better than a cure. Get in touch – we would love to chat with you. PS- If you feel a pulley twinge, don’t ignore it! Investing in your future health can begin today.
3. https://www.racgp.org.au/running-a-practice/practice-resources/medic are/preventive-healthcare