Despite brushing our teeth, flossing (most of the time) and using mouthwash, it’s likely that you have or will get a cavity. There is nothing wrong with that---it’s just a part of life.
That said, how likely do you think that you would have a cavity (if you do not have one already) or, better yet, have more than one cavity if you did not go to the dentist twice a year?
Going to the dentist twice a year is not just beneficial because they clean your teeth for you, you can restock on toothbrushes and toothpaste, and it’s one of the few times where getting a sticker for doing a “good job” is socially acceptable as an adult.
Going to the dentist twice a year also holds you accountable.
Think about it, when you know you are going to meet a friend for a morning run at 5am, what are the chances you will stay up until 1am looking up how much Jeff Bezos’ net worth is?
Not very likely.
You are going to go to bed at 9pm, have your clothes set out on the couch and make sure that your energy bar is right by the door.
This is no different than the accountability that you inherently experience when you know that you will have your teeth thoroughly examined by your dentist. This is even more true if they happen to be your neighbor or you routinely bump into them at the grocery store.
While routine dental checkups are the norm, I have always found it a bit odd that routine Musculoskeletal Checkups have not caught on, too.
Most go to the dentist every six months but when it comes to going to their primary care for a physical or routine blood work, we only feel obligated to go---when something is wrong.
That can mean five years (true story) without ever knowing if your blood pressure is up or if that fatigue you have been experiencing is really because of low iron or Vitamin D, not because you need three espressos from Starbucks.
Even if we do go for yearly medical checkups, what about Musculoskeletal Checkups to make sure there are not any underlying asymmetries or patterns that can lead to an injury or reinjury.
If you are over the age of twenty-two, there is a chance that you have or will get injured at some point. Now, that does not mean a major injury but some form of discomfort/pain that may limit your ability to do something you have historically done without any restrictions.
Like going to the dentist or going for a routine medical checkup, do you go in for a routine Musculoskeletal Checkup?
If the answer is “no”, you are not alone in that category. Sadly, most of healthcare is “reactive” i.e. only seek help when there is a problem vs. “proactive”---make sure there never is a problem or mitigate potential future problems.
For those who are active and/or an athlete, routine checkups should be a standard, especially if you have a history of an injury e.g. plantar fasciitis, low back pain, etc.
Being active is a part of your identity and you continue to work hard to be your best, healthy self. Don’t let something that could have been acknowledged earlier prevent you from doing what you love, today.
Just like going to the dentist, if there is a minor issue after your Musculoskeletal Screen, it will not become major and if everything looks good, you can take pride in knowing all your hard work has paid off AND that you might be rewarded with a sticker.
Don’t be reactive with your body. Be proactive. Stay healthy and active.
P.S. It’s the beginning of the year, so there is no better time for a routine checkup! That is why we have opened up 5 FREE slots for a 30 minute checkup at Optimal :) This is on a first come, first served basis so text CHECKUP2019 to 44222 to claim your slot.
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