Reaction vs. Prevention

If you are like 90% of the population you only take care of your health when something breaks. I call it the ER mentality. You only go to the ER when the pain is so great that you can’t move, even though for the past 2 months you’ve had twinges of the same pain, but decided to ignore it thinking it would go away.

90% of my patients have the ER mentality. They wait till the pain is so intolerable that they can’t go another minute. These are the reaction people. Someone once said that “Humans only react when they reach a precipice.” This goes beyond reacting to our body; look at 9-11. The twin towers go down, airport security is beefed up. The brakes or your car start squeaking, but you wait till you almost crash to get them fixed.

What would happen if we took a more preventative approach? Look at where we have security issues before there is a breach. Get checkups on the car before something breaks. Take preventative measures with our body such as regular exercise, monthly massages, smart eating. All these things can help prevent your body from shutting down. I have a lot of clients that wait till they have severe heath issues like diabetes or high blood pressure till they decide to change their diet and start on a wellness regimen.

I’m going to put out a challenge to all of you. I challenge you to take a look at your life and your health. Where can you take preventative steps to make it better? What can you do on a daily basis to improve your life? The key is to make attainable goals; For example, let’s say you are going to start an exercise program, instead of making a goal of going everyday for 2 hours, try one hour two times a week. If your goals are attainable they have a much greater chance of being achieved. Another goal could be to get a massage or acupuncture treatment once or twice a month. This will make it so that we can stop those little aches and pains from becoming BIG problems later down the line.

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