“Wellness” has become a buzzword among the general population and culture. But what exactly does it mean, and how can people benefit from it? The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) defines wellness as “an active process that promotes health and enhances quality of life.”
“The public is going to hear more and more about the importance of wellness, staying healthy and ultimately reducing health care costs caused by chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes,” says ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael. “It’s time for people to understand that they have the power to take charge of their health and be well enough to do the activities they enjoy.”
Finding a wellness coach
If you’re interested in health and wellness, a good place to begin is by talking about it with a doctor of chiropractic, like Dr. David Orlando at Innovative Health and Wellness in Woodstock. Chiropractors are well known for their expert care of back pain, neck pain and headaches, but they also offer patients a variety of conservative recommendations and counseling on general health and wellness.
You may ask, “What can a chiropractor offer that is different from a medical doctor?” The answer lies in the way the two professions approach wellness. To achieve “wellness” in traditional terms, a medical doctor will simply screen you for diseases. You might be examined or have lab tests. For medical doctors, wellness is about staying ahead of diseases.
A chiropractor, on the other hand, will screen you for diseases, but he or she also will talk to you about your lifestyle and behaviors that may put you at risk for injury or illness. It’s important to note that chiropractic’s approach is often drug-free; instead of writing a prescription, a chiropractor may offer spinal adjustments, rehabilitative exercises, nutritional counseling and lifestyle modifications to move patients toward optimum function and wellness.
Adjust your attitude
One of the first things a chiropractor may work on with a patient who is interested in living well, is life skills in terms of thinking and dealing with life’s ups and downs. Research shows that coping skills and the ways that people deal with stress can be huge factors in whether or not someone is well.
You can boost your attitude in a variety of ways: enjoying nature, looking for humor in life’s mishaps, listening to relaxing music and creating a support system of people who you can turn to in times of trouble or stress.
Next a chiropractor often works with patients to increase their daily movements. Americans today take significantly fewer steps than previous generations, and they spend a great deal more time in sedentary positions. Adding more motion to your life can be a huge step toward living well.
Simply taking a 30 minute walk each day is a great way to recoup the steps that are missing from your day. Experts generally agree that to be considered “active,” adults should take about 10,000 steps each day. Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your progress.
Food for fuel
Once the first two components of wellness are addressed, a chiropractor may address a patient’s diet. It’s surprising for some people to learn that making even a few simple changes, such as eating more raw or organically grown foods, drinking more water and consuming 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day, can positively impact your health and help prevent a variety of adverse health issues in the future.
If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care can contribute to your general wellness, contact Innovative Health and Wellness at 770-926-4646 or use the “Contact Us feature on our website.