Pain-free ≠ healthy body
What does it really mean to have a healthy body?
I often hear people say to me, “I don’t need a chiropractor because I don’t have back pain.” While being pain free is nice, it doesn’t mean that your body is healthy and functioning at its highest level. Pain is usually the last indication that something significant is occurring in your body. If you wait until you feel pain in your body to tell you that something is going on, you’re not paying attention to critical cues along the way.
Now pain is not necessarily a bad thing either. What it is, is a warning sign, a message that says, stop what you are currently doing and do it different. When you don’t heed the message and continue your life in the same manner you end up going down a spiral cascade to less and less aliveness and participation with life.
To have a healthy body simply means that you are responsive to its cues Your body is incredibly resilient and adaptable. When you are responsive, by listening and taking action to make needed changes your body naturally heals itself. You will know you’ve made the correct change because you will experience more energy, vitality, openness and participation with life.
Why a healthy spine is critical for a healthy body
Your ability to listen and take action
Most people don’t understand the importance of your spine in regards to the health of your entire body. Your spine is not just the bones in your back. It is also the muscles and ligaments that support your spine, and more importantly it is your spinal cord, which is the structure that the bones protect.
Your spinal cord is your life line. It is the communication link between your brain and your body. Without it you do not exist. It is also what allows you to pay attention, be aware of yourself, the sensations and cues your body gives you and to to take needed actions to change behaviors and habits that don’t optimally serve your body or you. It is also the communication link between your brain and every muscle, organ and cell in your body. If your spine is not healthy your ability to listen and respond is impaired and thus your health and function impaired.
So how do you know if your spine is not healthy if it doesn’t hurt? Tune into how tense you feel, how easy is it for you to relax, to sleep, to digest and eliminate your food, to turn off your thoughts, to think clear, to take action and make changes in your life. If any of these things are challenging for you, your spine is not expressing full health.
One of the things that I do in my office is assess the health of the spine and its ability to help you be responsive and take action in your life. Get the health of you spine checked by a chiropractic professional to ensure its functioning to support you optimally.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado