Posted by Dave on February 9, 2010
How much would you pay to fix yourself physically?
I have been feeling a moderate amount of pain in my lower back over the past few weeks and while golfing I have almost been put out of commission by a sore lower back. So I decided to go see a chiropractor, something I have never done before an appointment this morning. During the initial assessment, a scan was taken of my spine and the results were kind of shocking. Where most people’s back muscles should be equally strong on both sides, mine are most definitely not – looking something like a triangle pattern, which is not ideal.
I’m going in for my first adjustment tomorrow, and am hoping whatever I have done is fixable. I am basically willing to do anything to get myself in shape, I’m just hoping that it won’t be extremely expensive. My benefits cover the first $400 per year, but the initial appointment was $95 with each additional adjustment being $35 – this could end up being a $2,000 per year fix, which is not really good times for my budget.
For me, my health is my main focus (other then on Superbowl Sunday when I tried unsuccessfully to eat my weight in junk food). I eat things that don’t really taste good because I know they are healthy. I exercise when I really don’t want to because I know I am sedentary the rest of the day and the gym will help balance this out (at least partially). If I am not healthy, then basically everything kind of goes out the window – how much fun would retiring at 45 be if I can’t even lift a golf bag, let alone swing a club? There are a lot of things that I would like to do that would be less enjoyable or impossible if I were in poor health.
The problems with my back are probably caused at least partially (more likely totally) by the work I do. I’m sure I could fix my posture and perhaps my workstation, but the main problem is that I am still sitting around all day doing nothing – something I’m pretty sure humans were not evolved to do (not sure if there was anything in a swiveling posturepedic style 20,000 years ago). So I’m not really sure what to do. I guess listen to my chiropractor and hope that my back can be fixed and that I can spend another 15 years sitting around so that I can do whatever I want after that.
I’m hoping that whatever is the matter with me can be fixed, and fixed quickly (golf season is in less then 4 months now). Then hopefully I can learn how to sit properly so that I can continue to do the job that I do and won’t have to look into a career change that could potentially add years to my early retirement.
I realize that I don’t necessarily need to go to a chiropractor, and that more traditional medicine would be more then capable in treating my back. Yet having watched both of my parents go through back injuries, the only options typically offered by more traditional medicine are pills and/or surgery. I am looking for something a little less invasive where hopefully I can assist in fixing whatever is the matter. Having to pay for health care is a new experience, and makes me grateful for Canadian health care – no matter how messed up it seems sometimes.
I’m assuming that everyone in my situation would pay whatever it cost to fix what was wrong, but would you change a career, potentially changing your financial plan totally?