I am often asked “how do I get better?”
“Better” can mean different things to different people. It can be about how they feel, how they perform or how they can become a better person. Regardless of the meaning there are several ways to answer that question. The answer is dedication. The answer is commitment. The answer is with help. But ultimately the answer is that nasty 4 letter word…work! I’m not talking about the job that a person goes to every day or being a full time parent, because while that is work it’s not the right kind of work needed to be better.
Becoming better at whatever given task takes dedication to that particular task. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to become a better person, a better business owner or a better athlete. If you truly want to get better you have to work at it.
But…but…work is HARD!!!
It sucks. I completely understand. There is and always will be time constraints and commitment issues. Sometimes you will fall off the wagon. It’s something that I constantly struggle with myself. Luckily I have a good support network around me which try to help me as much as they can. The true test is not how many times you fall off, it’s how many times you get back up. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”. ~Nelson Mandela
So how does all this relate to chiropractic and getting better? If you truly want to be better it is going to take work. It is going to take a commitment to your health. Even more than that it takes a commitment to YOU!! Whether it is going to massage, chiropractic and physiotherapy on a regular basis, or making an extra 15 min a day to do your exercises, or bypassing the Big Mac for a salad, it takes a commitment to yourself. You as an individual have to look in the mirror and say “I will do better for me”. And then follow through on it.
My mission as a practitioner is to give people the tools to get themselves better. It’s my commitment to my patients that I am continually developing myself, personally and professionally, so that I am the best version of myself. It’s not easy. And it’s work. But in the end, it’s worth it.
Dr. Riley Rattai