“Can You Help Me?”…The Egoscue Disclaimer
We get calls all the time from prospective clients asking if we can help them. They want to know if Egoscue will help with scoliosis, hip pain, chronic migraines, and a myriad of other symptoms and conditions. Sure, these conditions are changeable, but I don’t believe that I can help them. I’m convinced that the client is the only one who can improve his or her current condition. The client has to take charge. The client is the one who has to take responsibility. I can’t do the work for them, nor can any other therapist.
Pete Egoscue touched on taking responsibility in The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion when he wrote the “disclaimer” for the book.
Ours is a highly litigious society. Which means, in plain English, we like to sue each other, blame each other, transfer responsibility to others.
Since, as you’ll see, responsibility is a continuing theme of this book, the space which is usually reserved for what the lawyers refer to as the “disclaimer” is being used to make an additional and, I believe, more important point.
You’ve seen the words many times: “The following material is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician. The reader should consult a physician before embarking on this or any health program…” –or words to that effect. The all-purpose liability firebreak.
Disclaimers are legal necessity, but they are a cop-out. This material is no substitute for the reader taking responsibility for his or her own health. Therefore, I have an important recommendation to make: If you really need a disclaimer, close the book and put it back on the shelf unread.
I hope you don’t–because what I have to say in the pages ahead will change your life.”
Taking charge, implementation, doing–or whatever word or words you’d prefer to substitute–is the key to improving. You can’t wait for someone else to do the work. That’s like trying to lose weight by having your friend eat really healthy. It just doesn’t make sense.
With Egoscue, you have to own your health. If you do the work, you’ll get better. If you don’t, you won’t. It’s pretty simple, really.
So to answer the question, “Can you help me?” the answer is no. But you can.
QUESTION: Are you looking for someone else to own your health, or are you taking charge of it?