How Much Do You Value Health?

Posted April 1, 2015 @ 5:03pm | by Kori Mortenson

It was a bit over 2,000 years ago that the ancient Roman poet Virgil observed, "The Greatest wealth is health." Do you consider your health valuable?

How we take care of this body of ours is a very personal decision. The choices we make and the habits we acquire are based on what we value or hold in high esteem.

You can consult websites that list hundreds of different values. Besides health, there are values such as ambition, bravery, fairness, obedience and reputation. As well as approval, blame, fear, obligation and responsibility. You and I have chosen from this vast list of human values and prioritized our own personal set.

As you might expect, those of us who have chosen health care as a career path, place a high value on our health. It's usually in the top 10 or top 20 values.

A fascinating challenge emerges when we try to help patients recover their health who place a far lesser value on it. They tend not to do the home care procedures. They tend not to drink adequate amounts of water. They generally don't exercise enough. The minimal amounts of chiropractic care they choose often does little more than superficially relieve their most obvious symptoms.

This may make some patients feel guilty or ashamed. Or they think they're letting us down. Nope! We're here to serve. Without judgment or expectations. Our job is to offer the best chiropractic care possilbe. Your job is to decide how much of it you want.

Thank you to Bill Esteb for this article.

 
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