Building Your Health Team

Support GroupIf you lost your health can you imagine how your life would change?  It’s so important to maintain good health, but how do we do that?  I believe the key is prevention rather than treatment.  Taking responsibility for ourselves and having a “whole body” approach to health helps us create balance in our lives and to live more proactively.  For example, we take too many pills!  The next time you have a headache, and before you reach for the medicine cabinet, consider that you may be gluten intolerant, that your spine might be out of alignment, or that you are not drinking enough water.  Don’t just pop a pill and press on! Your body is trying to tell you something, but how do you know what it is telling you?

The key to knowing your body is to create a health team.  Please don’t depend on the internet and your own interpretations of it!  You want to put together a team of professionals that can address your “whole body issues”.  If you have a member of your team that claims he can handle all your needs, you might want to consider looking for another member.  Professionals have scopes of practice.  For example, I am not allowed to make chiropractic adjustments to your spine or diagnose illnesses.

A good professional will respect his limits and recommend other trusted professionals for you to see. The team offers multiple modalities to get to the root of your issues because not everyone is the same. The object of the team is to keep you healthy and to teach you about your body.  I love educating my clients on their bodies. I find if they understand the big picture, then they are more likely to be compliant and maintain good health.

Your body is an awesome creation!  Take good care of it and you will live a wonderful quality of life.  A health team might consists of a primary care physician, optometrist, dentist, nutritional counselor, naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist , and family counselor.  You want to address the mind, body, and spirit. Compiling a group of professionals gives you more resources to handle health issues on a regular basis.  You become better educated about your body and can prevent disease and injury, which helps you stay active and healthy.

Some people will only see professionals that take insurance. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover natural therapies. Our medical society is a reactive, treatment-oriented entity, not a proactive, preventative community.  In other words, you have to wait to get sick before insurance pays. I always say you will pay for your health either on the front end or the back end.  I assure you that you will want to pay on the front end.  You are worth every penny.  Who will be a part of your health team?

 

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