What’s the Difference Between Proactive and Reactive Health?

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The vast majority of the time, we are reactive to nearly everything in our lives. We want quick answers and fast solutions, and we’ll sacrifice a lot to achieve those immediate results. Unfortunately, we’ve taken the same approach to our health and wellness, and it’s gotten us in quite a pickle.

Reactive Health Care Isn’t Healthy

When we feel sick or experience pain, we’re very quick to take a pill, get a shot, or have a procedure done to remedy it. This isn’t true health or health care though; it’s sick care. It’s addressing symptoms rather than aiming to achieve real, lasting health.

While this reactive stance is a common issue, it’s truly problematic and we need to do something about it. When we are fighting against symptoms and ailments and conditions, we often feel like we’re fighting a losing battle. It’s much harder to get back to true health when we’re knee-deep in medications, pain, and misery. If we could instead have a proactive approach to health, perhaps we wouldn’t have even gotten into that situation in the first place.

Proactive Heath Actually Makes Us Healthier

Proactive healthcare, on the other hand, actually improves our overall health. It’s about making yourself as healthy as possible to avoid any potential issues in the future. And even if you do have sicknesses or issues come up, your body is healthier and is more able to address those issues, allowing you to heal and recover faster and more fully. Here are some of the most commonly cited benefits of being proactive in your health:

  • Decreased frequency and severity of pain
  • Avoidance of surgery and invasive procedures
  • Reduced recovery time for injuries and illnesses
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Fewer instances of sickness
  • Improved function in all bodily systems

What Does Proactive Care Look Like?

Proactive care includes many different things, but they are all about staying on top of your health and wellness. It might mean going to regular checkups with your doctor, having bloodwork done regularly, and ensuring you’re getting regular eye and dental exams. It might mean reducing the amount of processed, sugary food and drinks that you consume and replacing them with more whole foods. It might mean drinking more water and cutting out alcohol. It might mean getting under care with a chiropractor to reduce the number of medications you need and address any recurring pain you might have. Perhaps it’s a combination of all of the above.

In traditional healthcare models, we’re willing to spend the time and money to correct issues once they’ve occurred so that we don’t have to deal with them any longer. However, we’re not quite as willing to sacrifice the time or money to keep ourselves healthy in the first place. This mindset needs to shift to a more proactive mindset that allows us to achieve and maintain optimal health long-term. We simply need to be willing to make the sacrifices to prioritize true health now, not when we’re already caught up in health problems, pain, and illness.

To learn more about how chiropractic care can help you be more proactive in your health, contact the team at Waypoint Chiropractic in Bozeman, MT. Dr. Cary Gentry and his team will address your concerns and get you on the road to optimal health.


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