An ounce of prevention is probably worth a lot more than a pound of cure when it comes to our own health and the health of our families. Fortunately, the core concepts of prevention aren’t difficult to grasp and can be incorporated into many areas of your life simply by being more thoughtful and disciplined about your environment and lifestyle. Doing a few basic things differently (perhaps including diet, exercise, sleep and stress management) may be the best way to ensure your overall health and well-being.
Over time, public health officials in the U.S. and other countries around the world have come to a similar conclusion. The National Prevention Strategy is a broad plan that is intended to keep American men and women healthy throughout every stage of life. Designed by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council along with the assistance of numerous experts and advisors, this preventive plan is built on the recognition that good health isn’t just about getting good medical care when you’re sick, but from not getting sick in the first place. This is where our day-to-day lifestyle choices come into play.
The current Affordable Care Act requires public and private insurers and certain health care entities and organizations to follow this Strategy to help keep individuals of all ages healthy and fit. Instead of a health care system focused exclusively on treating those who are already sick and injured, this plan helps shift that dynamic to one that concentrates on prevention and maintaining wellness.
Why Prevention is Important
If you increase your focus on prevention, you will ultimately increase your health, quality of life and save some money in medical costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all American adults have a chronic illness, and 70% of deaths in the U.S. are due to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and many cancers. The most shocking part of this news is that chronic conditions are largely preventable.
By putting more effort into preventing illness and disease before they happen, policy makers hope to create healthier, more productive lives and reduce the often-exorbitant costs of healthcare. When you feel good, you are more productive at work and don’t take as many sick days. And failing health can cause disability with age, which can take away your independence.
But prevention doesn’t end with following a healthy diet and exercise regime. Getting regular chiropractic care can also help you maintain a healthy back and spine, ensuring you will stay pain-free and more active for a long time to come!
Planning for Improved Spinal Health and Overall Wellness
Many people seek chiropractic care when they have an injury or are experiencing pain or discomfort. This is because they know that chiropractic treatment can provide effective relief of many musculoskeletal symptoms by decreasing muscle tension, alleviating pressure on nerves, reducing inflammation and restoring movement in the joints. But regular treatments also help to correct underlying problems and maintain the alignment of your spine even when you’re not experiencing specific symptoms. If you’re interested in maintaining—or even improving—your overall health and wellness, chiropractic care can be an important part of your own personal prevention strategy.