Why is it that without blinking an eye we'll spend $100+ on a new outfit or dinner. Yet when it comes to our health we'll do everything we can to put it looking after it?
Do we have our attitude towards our health backwards?
In 2011 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare produced the Australian Burden of Disease Study. "It compares the impact of different diseases, conditions, injuries and risk factors on our population." It highlighted that Muscoskeletal conditions, in particular back pain made up 12% percentage of the total burden of disease. (1) Additionally, in a study by Hill et al 2018 Lower Back Pain is now the leading cause of disability around the world. (2)
Additionally 30% of all conditions that impact our quality and length of life were preventable by modifying or reducing exposure to risk factors. Yet so often we see clients who's pain, injury or poor health could easily be prevented and better managed through early intervention!
It is statistics like these that make us at Just Knead It realise how important it is to take a proactive approach our health.
So why is it that we don't prioritise our health when it's one of the few things in life we can never get back if we lose it? It's time to shift our attitude!
Generally, when we put off looking after ourselves the long the road to recovery is lengthy. It usually takes a multimodality approach. It's expensive, time consuming, not to mention the impact on your mood and general outlook on life.
What is that doing to your ability to perform at work or how you interact with friends and family at home?
It's hard to quantify the impact of putting off addressing a health concern. However, if the statistics above are anything to go off the impact is huge!
So instead can we suggest a different approach!?
1. Get on top of your health concerns including muscloskelatal issues early.
2. Take responsibility and check in with our health mindset.
3. We all know what to do. It's up us to schedule the time and make it a priority!
4. Create yourself a team.
So finally it's time to shift our mindset towards proactive health so we can live the life we envisage and keep doing the things we love! Don't leave it until it's too late!