How many of you have decided that you were finally going in to see a natural health care provider to get that ‘problem’ looked at? …you’ve had that niggling issue for a little while now and it won’t go away. Or, you woke up one morning, and realised you couldn’t move trying to get out of bed.

First Step: You call up your local chiropractor/remedial massage therapist and make a booking.

Second Step: You walk in, you are greeted by friendly staff and you fill out the form. You are sitting there waiting for your turn to see the health professional. Thoughts start to flow through your mind…. I hope I’ve made the right choice; is this person going to fix my problem?; hopefully I can get this fixed before this event tomorrow; I hope this person knows what they are doing; I know exactly what the problem is, I just need them to fix it quick; etc etc….

Third Step: The Health professional calls your name, greets you with a smile and welcomes you into the consultation room. You explain why you have come in, you tell the health professional a little bit about yourself and what has lead you to that moment, and then the health professional begins their examination and treatment.

THE SHOCK:

The health professional begins asking you questions about aspects of your life which you find interesting and not ready to answer. You had all these other responses lined up but they are not for the questions you were expecting. You notice they are examining & treating other parts of your body that are not the actual part that is giving you grief, but through the explanation you are connecting the dots. The bigger shock is that you realise this person is going to help you but your attendance at that event you had planned may be held off. You realise that your health is not something you can keep pushing to the side to accommodate for other parts of your life. More importantly you realise that to ensure you can continue to enjoy all the other aspects of your life you need to ensure that you stop putting your health to the side and adjust your life to put it FIRST.

Lifestyle change: You left that appointment a little smarter than you had walked in. You feel better, not only because you have some pain relief, but because you have a sense of direction. You know what to do. You now know that your health is that important that you have to change the way you live to make sure you can still live the way you want. What you thought would be a major change, when you start to think about it, really is only a small change to achieve a big change in yourself.

You just realised that making your health priority number one, would actually help you achieve all your other priorities. Now isn’t that a shock.