Self-Care is Smart Business

Written By Laura Allen, President of Sales & Marketing, AHC Ventures, Inc on July 22, 2019

Healthcare providers, by the nature of their work, are caretakers...we all have the desire to help people with their health issues. Whether you are a doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, athletic trainer, or other provider, we're all about looking after those who seek our care. And yet, we're often the most guilty of neglecting to take care of ourselves, until we get to the breaking point and find that ignoring our own bodies has resulted in our own stress, tension, illness, or pain. It's hard to enjoy your work when that's the case. 

There are many facets to taking care of ourselves and our bodies: nutrition, exercise, getting enough rest and quality sleep, and having downtime to spend doing the things we enjoy with friends and family.

People make their individual choices on the things they do that contribute to their overall well-being. I'm a licensed massage therapist, and for me, massage is one of the things that keeps me going. I've been a therapist for 20 years, but I've been receiving massage for around 30 years. I woke up one morning with a horrible crick in my neck, and my mother took me to get a massage. I walked in unable to turn my head, and walked out an hour later with my full range of motion restored. That experience made a believer out of me. 

I also prefer, when it's feasible, to use herbal medicines. I can't always do that; I take a prescription drug for a medical condition I have, and I depend on it. It helps me, and I would never advise anyone to do without medicine they need. But I tend to use natural medicines when I can. One of those is the CryoDerm supplement Rezume, which I use for the aches and pains of arthritis. I have bone spurs in my hips, knees, and lumbar spine. I also broke my left arm in three places when I had only been a massage therapist for about a year, and have had two surgeries on it. I had screws and pins in it, and several years after the first surgery, the pin holding my radius to the joint popped out. The bone had never knit back together, and the result was part of my radius had to be removed due to necrosis. It could have ended my massage career, but I didn't let it. It aches when it's cold and when I overwork. I massage it a lot, since that's something I can reach myself, and I take Rezume. I appreciate the fact that it's available without a prescription, that it's made from plant ingredients, and that it's effective. My husband and my brother are taking it, too, after seeing how it helped me personally. 

The older we get, the more important self-care becomes. When we start realizing that things we used to take for granted have become more difficult or less enjoyable, it's time to consider making lifestyle changes. I play in a band for stress relief. I get regular checkups from my doctor. I get enough sleep. I try to eat better than I used to. I admittedly still don't get enough exercise, but I'm shooting for progress, not perfection. When I was younger, I thought nothing of giving 6 massages a day. Now, I wouldn't give over half that, and I pace myself. It's good business not to do more than you ought to. Trying to provide care to others when we're exhausted, in pain, suffering the ill effects of terrible eating habits, and failing to take care of our own stress is a recipe for slipping on the quality of care we're able to offer those who seek our sevices. Taking care of ourselves allows us to give the best quality of care we can to the people who depend on us. It's smart business. 


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