There is not enough prevention in health care. Physicians, dentists, social workers, physical therapists, and chiropractors all say it. We know prevention is a good thing, but road blocks can get in the way.
Primary prevention consists of activities such as proper diet and
exercise to help the body avoid disease. Since most illness is life
style related, this makes sense.
Another type of prevention, called secondary prevention, is early
detection of a disease process. An early stage of treatment is
preferred because it is usually less complicated with a higher rate
Even the Affordable Health Care Act brags about covering
prevention visits, so this is a good sign that decision makers
realize it saves money and enhances life. But all good ideas have
For one, prevention is very personal. Some people breeze through
life breaking all the rules, yet they seem to suffer no
repercussions. Blame George Burns on that one as he smoked and drank
to age 100.
People decide for themselves what they think is best for their own
health. No one wants to be told what to do unless they get a paycheck
for it. Doctors' instructions can seem to be very hard to follow.
I see it in my own life. When I am told how much work my car needs
I begin to whine. Today of all days, really? I don't have time to
replace nine things on my car. What do I need in order to drive it
out of here? I promise I will come back to get the rest of the work
People also believe they have plenty of time to get to it later. I
had one practice member tell me he was going to get healthy when he
retired. Which he did, so I am glad for him. However, I've read too
many obituaries that didn't work out that way.
In researching this article I came across a personal story in the
Atlantic titled Why I Had to Close My Preventive Health Care Clinic.
The doctor had great statistics on positive health outcomes. Numerous
patients lost weight, improved their lab numbers and no longer needed
Stories like these truly brought back quality of life for the
folks who made the commitment to change their habits. But the owner
relied solely on insurance and the reimbursements barely covered one
fourth of his operation. His colleagues would not make referrals and
hospitals would not partner with him.
That does not mean prevention is a lost cause. We will always
encourage our practice members to strive to be their best. We can
offer a helping hand by making prevention services as convenient as
Routine chiropractic adjustments have been shown to keep people
active which translates into many health benefits from pain reduction
to more energy, better mood, and less sickness. This provides a nice
ripple effect making other preventive practices more successful as
If you want to make important health changes, be sure to learn
how chiropractic plays a unique role in prevention care.