When a home or car is purchased, most people also get insurance to cover these items.  Insurance is just that, insurance.  When you own a home or car, you still have to maintain these items.  Things like painting, cleaning, fixing or replacing the appliances, changing the floor or redoing a bathroom in a home are not covered by insurance.  Tires, oil changes and engine repairs for cars are also not covered by insurance.  A lot of money is spent on making our homes and cars look and run the way we want and need them to.

So why do we feel that our health insurance should cover ALL maintenance for our bodies.  Billions of dollars are spent every year on beauty treatments like Botox, facelifts, and liposuction. We need to change our ideas about insurance, health and body maintenance.  Maintenance should include “real” food and exercise.  Remember how good you felt as a kid.  All we did was play, and outside. We were also brought up eating at home and real food.  A snack was an apple or watermelon, not a drive through to get french fries. You can feel like that kid throughout your life if you keep exercise and real food as part of your lifestyle plan.

Regular massage and acupuncture should also be part of that plan. Massage is one of the most enjoyable ways to stay healthy, and if done by a licensed acupuncturist, it is also a tool exposing imbalances before they become serious health concerns.

One of the most common health concerns I see while doing massage is blood circulation issues, and we can’t live healthy lives without good blood circulation. We can only live a few minutes without air which shows how critical oxygen is to life. Oxygen flows through blood vessels along with blood. So it is critical to have highly oxygenated blood and good blood flow.  Acupuncture stimulates nerves that cause smooth muscle contraction so regular acupuncture treatments assist the blood and oxygen in circulating through the vessels. I am sure you have seen places that do oxygen therapy popping up over the last decade or two. Oxygen is how we heal.

The other is Liver/gallbladder problems causing pain.  Headaches, neck pain, sciatica, and even heel pain can all be because you have a toxic liver especially if you have never had an injury in any of these areas.  Pain is a warning, please listen to your body.  We get warnings long before they become serious problems, but we just take an aspirin to make the warning go away.  Acupuncturists are trained to understand and treat your pains.  Don’t wait, be proactive.

Cars and homes can be replaced, but we only have one body.  Our health should be non-negotiable, what is your priority?