Why You Need to Add One More Check-Up to Your Schedule

I don’t know what happens in your house in August, but in mine we inevitably spend the majority of the last month of summer getting ready for the kids to go back to school. This includes clothes shopping, getting school supplies, and of course the kids’ annual check-up. The check-up always leads to the conversation of when my check-up will be.

This year, I am getting a jump on that conversation by writing an article on the importance check-ups. We as adults tend to think “I’m

OK” or “I’ll make that appointment next month when things slow down.” We tend to downplay the importance of out physical health until something big happens. Check-ups should be a priority, and you may want to consider adding on more check-up to your yearly calendar.

We are supposed to have our teeth checked by a Dentist twice a year, have a cleaning, and maybe some X-rays. We get reminded to floss, brush well, and take care of any issues that arise. Your teeth are important (how else can you enjoy that delicious steak just off the grill…mmmmmm steak—a Homer Simpson voice just went through my head—but I digress. Sorry, its grilling season) and this check-up is essential for good mouth health.

We all know the benefits of our annual check-up with our primary care physician includes height, weight, blood pressure, blood work for cholesterol, risk of diabetes, and a host of others, and an update to our medications. This is a crucial step to staying alive for the foreseeable future.

While dental and physician check-ups are imperative, it feels like something’s missing. With these appointments, we can eat and we will continue to breathe and stay alive, but is that all that’s important in life? Or do we need to MOVE?

What about a Musculoskeletal Functional Movement Check-up?

According to a United States Bone and Joint Initiative report, 126.6 MILLION people are affected with musculoskeletal conditions. That’s 1 in 2 adults in the US (not to mention those with chronic lung and heart conditions). Untreated musculoskeletal issues can cause chronic pain and loss of function. Joint mobility deficits lead to a life of arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and tendinopathies. Strength and stability deficits put you at risk of ligament injuries, tendinitis, and decrease overall quality of movement.

But there is hope…if we all have a musculoskeletal and functional movement check-up, we can stop the degradation of our bodies before it gets out of hand. If our joints move well, our muscles are strong enough, our balance is good, and we can control our movements, we can stop our cycle of pain and the path to physical dysfunction.

So, it makes sense that your musculoskeletal system and movement patterns need to be assessed to maintain your ability to move and enjoy life, much the same as your blood test, blood pressure and vitals assessments are necessary for you to stay alive.

Who should do these assessments?