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When a check engine light comes on our dashboard, we call the mechanic. When the low tire pressure light pops up, we add air or replace the tires. When our gas runs low, we get it filled. We go for oil changes regularly, and tire rotations routinely, yet many of us will delay or deny this level of upkeep on our own bodies. When I mention this concept to patients, a common reply is: “My car is a necessity! I need it to get from one location to another”. I wonder, aren’t our bodies equal, if not more important? Why do we prioritize our time and money on our car, instead of health? In this new year, let’s as a community try to treat ourselves with the same kind love to reach the health we deserve.

In this article, we will explore a few lifestyle modifications that can improve your quality of life. Though some may be simple, and I am positive you have heard many of these before, I encourage you to challenge yourself and incorporate two of these into your weekly routines. 


1: Good Posture. In my 25 years practicing chiropractic, I have seen thousands of patients with limited mobility due to poor posture. I cannot stress enough how much good posture changes the quality of our lives, especially as we age. A great way to test your posture is to have someone hold a straight pole, like a golf club or a broom, behind your back as you sit. Your spine should touch the whole pole, all the way to the back of your head. Practice straightening daily until it becomes natural for you.

2: Balanced Diet. I see the negative results of an unbalanced diet daily. The food we eat affects every aspect of our body’s health, both mental and physical. It is important to fuel yourself with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to live a longer and healthier life. I encourage you to spend a couple days tracking the food that you’re putting in your body. What are your most common food groups? Are you surprised by how many processed sugars and carbohydrates you’re putting in your body? Then consult with a doctor or nutritionist you trust to see their best diet recommendations for you.  

3: Regular Doctor Check Ups. It is important to have routine checkups for any condition you have or are prone to developing. Schedule regular checkups with your healthcare provider to monitor the progress of your symptoms and/or help with preventative care. This could be with any physician you trust.

4: Ergometric Workspace: Especially with the rise in working from home, it is important to have the proper office set up. Start by finding a good chair that supports your spine and has an adjustable height. Your chair height should be set so that your feet rest flat on the floor while your knees are level with your hips. If you do not have that option, a footrest would be recommended. Then, find a desk that is elbow height when you sit. With that, make sure your monitor is positioned an arm’s length away, at an eyelevel height. This positioning will help reduce back pain and promote better posture.

5: Regular Exercise: Exercising regularly can improve your circulation, minimize muscle atrophy, and promote physical longevity. These are just a few examples of why regular exercise is important for the patients I see in the chiropractic and neuropathy fields, but there are many more benefits to exercise.

We all strive to live a longer AND healthier life. I encourage you to practice self-love this Valentine’s season and invest in yourself. Just as we don’t ignore dashboard lights, please don’t ignore your own body’s warnings. I encourage you to not wait until you have no choice, but instead start living healthier now.

– Dr. Ken Horup DC, Neuropathy Expert located in Hilton Head Island, SC 


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