Proactive vs. Reactive Health

by | Sep 20, 2022

In today’s fast-paced world, we’re all accustomed to instant gratification. Want dinner without leaving your house? Uber Eats can have it there in under an hour. Curious about the fastest route from your house to a new job opportunity? Pull up your maps app and you’ll know all the possible routes within a few minutes. Want to know that actor’s name in that movie you’re watching? Do a quick Google search and you’ll know in a few seconds. We love having quick answers and immediate results.

Unfortunately, however, this world of instant solutions has made us quite impatient and shockingly unrealistic about certain things. Namely, our health. If we have a headache, back pain, or a stabbing sensation in our foot, we want it fixed right away. We might search online for possible causes and at-home solutions, but implementing the treatments and seeing results takes time.

We live in a very reactionary world and while it’s okay in many situations, it’s not okay for our health. Chiropractic care is focused on proactive care rather than reactive, and it’s ideal for several reasons.

Reactive Health Care Isn’t Health-Focused

Reactive health care is the most common type of care in our country today. You go about life, feeling healthy and good, until you have a problem. A sickness or injury crops up, and you treat it reactively with medication, surgery, or a minor procedure. Then you feel better and go about life again until you have another issue. This is, as its name suggests, purely reactive. It’s not actually health-focused—it’s more symptom-focused than anything else. It’s concerned with treating and removing symptoms—not the actual root cause of the symptoms—so that you can feel better and move on. This is not a sustainable healthcare model. It’s more of a sick care model and it’s not at all focused on helping you be healthier or living longer.

Proactive Health Care Focuses on Actual Health

The proactive health care model is the opposite of reactive care in many ways. It isn’t reactive, although it does recognize that sometimes you may need short-term solutions to handle pain or extreme circumstances. Proactive health care aims to get ahead of any potential issues by optimizing health, wellness, and whole-body function from the start. It works to proactively address any concerns by getting to the root cause of any issues and address them from the inside out.

Many conditions nowadays can be improved with lifestyle changes, such as an improved diet, drinking more water, and going to a chiropractor. But many people want quick fixes and magic pills to fix their problems, so they bypass the long-term solutions for the short-term band-aids. This is not true health and it’s not beneficial in the long term.

Here at Bare Chiropractic, we feel strongly about helping you maintain your health and eradicating problems before they start. We know you want to feel better too, and you can trust that feeling better will come along with improved overall function in your whole body. Get in touch with Bare Chiropractic today to learn more about how Dr. Thomas Keogh and his team can help you be proactive in your approach to your health and wellness.


Miners, A. “Chiropractic Treatment and the Enhancement of Sport Performance: A Narrative Literature Review.” The Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2010 Dec; 54(4): 210-221.

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