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The Importance of Paying Attention to Symptoms

couple fun piggy back ridePain. A tingling sensation. Shortness of breath. Excessive fatigue. In most cases, symptoms such as these are the body telling you that something is not right. Symptoms are highly helpful; without them, we wouldn’t be aware that health issues are occurring.

Similar to Your Car’s Warning Light

No one likes to see the warning light go off in their vehicle, as that likely means a trip to the mechanic. But you need to get your car checked to make sure nothing serious is going on with it—such as transmission trouble.

So while your car can be running fine, light can go off to tell you that something is wrong. It’s the same with the body. Even though functionally you still may be managing, the light is like a symptom that’s triggered to let you know you need to address a potential problem.

Symptoms Can Be Deceiving

Perhaps you had stomach pain or vomiting after eating something while dining out or at a picnic. Food poisoning is an appropriate response. Although it doesn’t feel good, throwing up is the body’s way of doing what it’s supposed to do. Another example is a fever, which helps to overcome a pathogen in the body. While a fever is not a symptom, many people address it (e.g., by taking acetaminophen) as if it was a symptom.

Consider the sore muscles that you feel after a workout. That means you put in some effort during that workout. Sore muscles aren’t necessarily a symptom but a response to the work you put in when exercising. There is a difference between a low back injury causing low back pain and discomfort due to exercise.

Sometimes Symptoms Can Be Absent

It’s good when symptoms are present because they can be a wake-up call, letting us know something’s not quite right. However, sometimes symptoms can be absent. Did you know, for example, that 50% of the time the first sign of heart disease is a heart attack?

Feeling Fine Doesn’t Equal Being Healthy

While it would be ideal if how you felt was a good indicator of your health, that’s not always true. There are times when you can feel fine yet not be healthy. On the other hand, sometimes you may not feel great but, in actuality, you’re okay.

The Importance of Preventative Chiropractic

Back pain, neck pain, or other types of discomfort typically prompt most people to visit a chiropractor. Sure, chiropractic can effectively address those types of pain. However, the best time to visit a chiropractor is when you’re feeling good.

By the time you experience a musculoskeletal symptom, tissue damage has already occurred. To prevent tissue damage and potentially devastating arthritis, you need to be proactive and maintain your spinal health.

If it’s been a while since your last visit, contact us today to book an appointment!

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