Once You Start …
A friend of mine went to the doctor some time ago feeling a little odd. During the work-up the doctor discovered that his blood pressure was 220 over 110. That’s up there. Most docs consider that a dangerous reading … including me.
So, the good doctor prescribed blood pressure medicine to bring the numbers down to safe level. My friend said to the doctor, “I’ve heard that once you start taking blood pressure meds, you have to take them for the rest of your life. Is that true?”
The truthful doctor answered, “No. That’s not true. You only have to take them for as long as you want your blood pressure to be safe for your health and not a threat your life. You just have to understand that without the help, your body jacks up your blood pressure again. The choice is always yours.”
Another friend went to the gym not long ago. He wanted to get in better physical shape and bulk up with some muscle mass. But he’d heard rumors. So, he said to his personal trainer, “I heard that once you start working out and lifting weights you have to do it for the rest of your life. Is that true?”
“Not really,” the trainer answered. “But you have to realize that it’s this kind of exercise that builds and maintains the kind of body you’re wanting to create. Without the exercise, your body naturally reverts to what it was before you started. By comparison, most people aren’t really happy when it goes back to that. But the choice is always yours.”
As a chiropractor, I hear the same question a lot. Folks say, “I heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to keep going back. Is that true?” To which I usually answer, “Only as long as you want to feel the best you can feel and function at your top potential. If your body was capable of keeping you in perfect alignment all the time with no help, it would do it. But you apparently have times when that doesn’t happen. Catch it early and it doesn’t get bad. Or you can wait until you’re really in pain. Or stop chiropractic altogether and do what your medical doctor tells you – “… learn to live with it.” Drugs may dull the discomfort but they’re incapable of moving bones to alleviate the cause of the pain.”
It really has nothing to do with “… once you start.” It’s a matter of taking advantage of human knowledge and skill to keep you feeling the best you can feel and functioning at your top potential. You always have the choice of living sub-par, but why would we want to do that? If you’re going to live to be 100, make sure you’re in great shape when you get there!
Dr. Boatright, D.C., is a health copywriter in Chandler, Arizona. He still practices part time on people and horses in the Phoenix area, East Valley. firstname.lastname@example.org