Mondays are Physical Day here at Taking it to the Streets
Yesterday I had a massage from my massage therapist/healer. Then, whilst out riding my motorcycle I ran into my chiropractor and while we were chatting he asked a few questions about my health and gave me some good suggestions. Tonight I saw my acupuncturist. All three of them gave me helpful advice, all of it in synch with what the others said, none of it involving drugs (well, the acunpuncturist did give me some Chinese herbs – give being the operative word – and suggested a turmeric/black pepper concoction and some nettles).
All of them asked me really good questions. They looked beyond the obvious. Each of them took other factors into account – how this pain in my left ring finger may be related to some systemic stuff I have going on, for instance. Sharon (massage) and Lisa (acupuncture really studied my body, besides asking me questions).
They gave me concrete specific things I can do to improve my health. They cheered on what I’m already doing and affirmed me in my quest for better and better health. And gently pushed on some issues where they know i need a little pushing.
They are knowledgeable, smart, caring. And effective.
So, with the exception of Gordon (the chiropractor), of course, my “health insurance” doesn’t pay an ounce for this care that works.
What’s wrong with that picture? Wow – what if I could spend the nearly $500/month I pay for useless insurance on their services – how great would I feel then? I DO wonder what keeps me from doing that. I always thought it was my fear of getting something like cancer. Then I watched what happened to my friend who had cancer. It certainly doesn’t seem to me that anything that was done to her helped at all.
I also thought that mainstream medicine would be good for things like broken arms. But when I broke my arm 2 years ago the people who actually helped were Lisa, Sharon and the physical therapist.
I think our priorities are nuts in this country. And I think it has to do with who is in cahoots with who, money-wise – not much at all to do with health. Or care.
But I have good health and it’s largely from the good CARE I get from Lisa and Sharon. I’m lucky.
What are your best health providers? How is it working for you in your world?