Rethinking Health as an Investment
It can be difficult to start thinking of preventative healthcare as being an investment. But as we continue to usher a generation of Baby Boomers into being more senior members of our society, we are also beginning to see the strain that an aging population can put on our medical and health care services.
According to a report published by the Heart and Stroke foundation in 2013, an overwhelming number of average North American baby boomers will spend their last ten years of life in sickness. This is one of the reasons why we are now seeing an exciting and important shift in perception as people begin to realize the significant long-term health benefits in seeking out more pro-active approaches to investing in one’s health at an earlier age. Preventative health care is one example of this.
Preventive and Proactive Health at Its Most Basic
In essence, preventive health or preventative medicine is characterized as being methods taken up by an individual in order to act pre-emptively against disease and disease symptoms and in an effort to promote a long and healthy life. Preventive healthcare can be divided into three groups: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.
1. Primary Preventive Health Care
Fundamentally, primary preventive health measures consists of proactive lifestyle choices such as consciously engaging in regular physical activity, actively choosing healthy foods, and limiting or eliminating health-harming behaviors such as smoking or the over consumption of alcohol. Primary preventive health measures aim to address the potentialities of illness or injury and guard against them before they have the opportunity to develop.
2. Secondary Preventive Health Care
This level of preventive health care aims to identify and seek out early treatment for underlying conditions that may have the potential to adversely affect an individual’s health in the future as a result of symptom development or future injury.
3. Tertiary Preventive Health Care
Lastly, tertiary preventive health measures seek to minimize the spread and lasting effects of an already existing disease or injury. This level of preventive health takes place when a symptomatic illness or physical harm has already taken place and seeks to improve health and quality of life through rehabilitation and treatment to prevent further disability.
Chiropractic Health Care as Preventive Medicine
Chiropractic medicine can be an important component to achieving a balanced and well-rounded preventive care plan. Depending on the individual, seeking chiropractic treatment typically serves as a primary or secondary form of preventive medicine. Not only is chiropractic care for those who experience chronic pain or spinal misalignment, but also the benefits of chiropractic care extend to all individuals as a valuable primary preventive health measure. Chiropractic care serves as primary preventive medicine as it encourages nervous system function, releases tension, and seeks to better protect the body from the possibility of decreased mobility and joint problems later in life. Additionally, chiropractors such as our very own board certified chiropractor at Ageonics Medical, pride themselves on their dedication to health promotion and on their ability to educate their clients on a variety of fitness and healthy lifestyle counseling including postural advice, self-care strategies, and relaxation techniques.
Let’s work together in an effort to proactively guard our health and seek out a higher quality of life in our later years.