Today I want to discuss 5 of the most common health myths I regularly encounter among my patients and friends.
1. “It’ll go away.” Things like minor strains or sprains can definitely resolve themselves in a short time frame. However, my experience is that patients often suffer for years under the assumption that one day magically their health issue will disappear. When problems drag on for weeks or months it is probably time to find a specialist to help you. As a chiropractor I’ve helped thousands of patients feel better and have had them tell me “I can’t believe I waited so long to come see you.”
2. “You have to be lucky to be healthy.” While there are unfortunate circumstances that can cause problems, the majority of your health is NOT dictated by luck. Rather, it is a function of the choices you make physically, nutritionally and psychologically. Great health does not happen by chance, it happens by making good health decisions regularly.
3. “It’s probably just age.” In my experience, people ranging from their 20’s to their 90’s blame anything and everything on age (nothing worse than a 20 year old blaming age by the way). Obviously each of us will experience physiological changes as we age. However, our bodies do not reach birthday milestones and instantly stop working properly. Increased numerical age does not cause poor health.
4. “The doctor is ALWAYS right.” There is no denying that doctors of any discipline have a high level of expertise and want what is best for their patients. However, ultimately they are just an expert with an opinion. I’ve encountered many patients that have undergone surgeries or procedures, taken medications or had forms of care they were never on board with. Remember, it’s your body and there is nothing wrong with asking questions, doing some research or asking for second opinions.
5. “I exercise a lot so it doesn’t matter what I eat.” It is true that exercise raises your metabolism and burns calories. However, without proper nutrition your exercise results will suffer. Eating well is how your body derives the macro and micro nutrients it needs to build muscle, lose body fat and thrive. Exercise compliments a good diet and vice versa, it’s not one or the other.
Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.