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Curtains and Health: What Do They Have in Common?

July 31, 2017

 

My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment in Lincoln, Nebraska (Go Huskers!). We live on the top floor, and during the summer, our little air conditioner can barely keep up. After dealing with the heat for far too long, I finally bought some curtains. Now, when we leave for work, we close the blinds and pull the curtains, which cools our apartment dramatically.

 

When the utility bill arrived after installing the curtains, I was pleasantly surprised. It had gone from over $100/month to a mere $70. The craziest thing was the average temperature outside was higher than it had been the previous month.

 

After that, I considered purchasing curtains for the chiropractic business my wife and I own, three quarters of which is floor to ceiling windows. I started pricing out curtains; the total cost was going to be about $750.

 

I didn’t want to spend that much money on curtains, but decided in the long run, it was going to help with the heating and the cooling of the office. I bit the bullet and ordered them – and I’m so glad I did. On average, this decision has saved us about $100/month.

 

What does this have to do with health? Much like I didn’t want to spend money on curtains, many people don’t want to spend extra money on things like organic food, supplements, or gym memberships, despite the benefits they may provide. However, in order to justify these expenses, there is an important phrase in business known as a Return on Investment (ROI).

 

The ROI for the curtains I purchased is as follows: the material cost of the curtains ($750) divided by $100/month (the money I saved on utilities) equals 7.5 months (the time needed until I break even). After that initial period, the return on my investment would be $100 every month after that, assuming I kept saving money on heating and cooling costs.

 

ROIs for healthy living are a bit more complicated due to the long-term nature and variabilities of life.  However, a conservative estimate for such investments is that for every dollar spent on wellness you save $3. That number is expected to grow every year due to the rising cost of healthcare. Not only will you be saving money in the future if you are take a proactive approach to your health, you will also be able to greatly reduce your risks of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

 

One study found that those under chiropractic maintenance care spent 31% of the national average for health care, had 50% less medical provider visits, 60% less hospital admissions, spent 59% less days in the hospital, had 62% less outpatient surgeries, and 85% lower pharmaceutical costs. Put simply, people who invest in chiropractic care spend a lot less money than those who don’t and generally feel better.

 

Fidelity investments found that if you retired today, you would need $225,000 to cover the cost of being sick the rest of your life. However, if you invest in wellness now, you’d likely need far less than that. Taking care of things like your body, spine, and nervous system has long-term benefits.

 

Imagine you cut the nerve that controlled your heart, what would happen? The brain is the generator, the spinal cord and nerves are the wires, and the heart is the light bulb. If you cut the nerve, the light bulb can no longer function. Now imagine, if you stretch or irritate that nerve, is the light bulb going to work better or worse, have more symptoms or less, more or less disease?

 

The bones (vertebrae) that surround and protect the nervous system in your spine can move out of their normal positioning and irritate the nervous system. This is known as a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). The bone needs to be put back in position to correct the irritation.

 

If you irritate the nervous system in your lower back, you could experience digestive issues, bladder and kidney problems, and even reproductive issues. What about your middle back?  Difficulty breathing, asthma, lung infections, cough, and heart issues. Neck? Ear, eye, nose, throat, sinus, and thyroid issues.

 

In order to be healthy, your nervous system must be able to control and coordinate the function of every cell, tissue, and organ in your body without interference. A chiropractor’s job is to remove these interferences, so your nervous system can do what it was designed to do.

 

Start investing in your future now. It is never too late (or too early) to commit yourself to lifelong health and savings.  Call (402) 423-4422 to schedule an evaluation with one of our corrective care chiropractors.  Your back and your wallet will thank you!

 

Sources:

 

Rupert, Ronald L., DC, Donna Manello, DC, and Ruth Sanderful, DC. "Maintenance Care: Health Promotion Services Administered to US Chiropractic Patients Aged 65 and Older." JMPT. N.p., Jan. 2000. Web. 28 July 2017.

 

RAND Corporation, comp. Do Workplace Wellness Programs Save Employers Money?Rep. RAND Corporation, n.d. Web. 28 July 2017.   <http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_briefs/RB9700/RB9744/RAND_RB9744.pdf>.

 

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