State College Family Chiropractic Center News

Be Your Own Valentine!

Dr. Melissa Kneidinger, State College Family Chiropractic

February is notoriously known as the "Love" month. We scramble to find cards, gifts, flowers and candy to let our loved ones know how much we care about them. We spend hours searching for that special something or a card that conveys exactly what we are trying to say, all while rushing around, criticizing ourselves for not being more prepared or not doing enough. This year for Valentine's Day, regardless of your situation, I encourage you to treat yourself with the same care that you show to others.

Self-care and self-love may feel a bit selfish, but it is exactly the opposite. Treating yourself with kindness and taking care of yourself is one of the most important and unselfish things you can do not only for your "self" but for all of those around you. We've all heard the saying, “You can't pour from an empty cup.”

Self-care is often broken down into several focus areas and while they differ for everyone, some of the most common are: Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Mental, Practical and Social.

At State College Family Chiropractic, we focus on physical self-care. We know that one of the best ways to show yourself love is to attend to your physical health. If you are not in good physical health, everything else will suffer as a result. Getting enough sleep, eating well, regular physical activity are just a few things that you can do to help ensure good physical health. Another is to schedule an appointment with your family chiropractor.

Having your spine checked ensures that your nervous system is functioning at an optimal level. The 31 pairs of nerves that control every muscle, tissue and organ in the body branch off the spinal cord, which is protected by your spine. Imagine what happens when you step on or twist a hose. From the point where there is interference, water won’t flow properly. Likewise, when the spine is misaligned, pressure can be put on a nerve and cause pain or discomfort wherever that nerve goes. By adjusting the spine, you can alleviate pain or other problems almost anywhere in the body. That is some serious self-care!

Take care of yourself - your future self will thank you and so will those that depend on you. Taking care of and loving yourself enables you to take care of and love everyone else.