Tips to Achieve Wellness, Improved Health

Forget about health fads, gimmicks and diet books that come and go as quick as the latest fashion trends, scientists say that wellness is ultimately the key to good health. Although there is no universally accepted definition for wellness, essentially it means “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being,” says Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University,acknowledged as the father of the conceptual physical education movement.

Wellness includes not only having sound physical and mental health, but also encompasses financial, mental, medical, intellectual, physical, occupational, social and environmental dimensions too. Wellness is an active process of always striving to achieve a more successful life, and the following tips aim to help you led a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

  1. Eat nutritious foods. Instead of snacking on junk food throughout the day, try fruit or vegetables. It’s OK to indulge in some unhealthy fare every once in a while, but be sure to make those food occasional treats and not a part of your daily diet.
  2. Exercise. Exercise is key to achieving good health. If you have any health issues, consult with your physician to come up with an exercise plan that will be ideal for you. And if you don’t exercise regularly, start slowly.

Walking is a great activity for exercise-newbies. To start off with, try walking briskly for 30 to 45 minutes, three to five times a week. If that is too much for you to complete in the beginning, try breaking down the exercise into short bouts throughout the day. For example, try walking for 10 minutes three times a day, 15 minutes twice a day and so on until you build up to 30 consecutive minutes.

Stress Reduction. Finding constructive ways of dealing with stressful situations is another key factor in achieving good health. When you mind relaxes, your body will follow suit. The following relaxation techniques aim to help you successfully deal with stressful thoughts or situations.

1.     Progressive Relaxation. Tense individual muscle groups for several seconds and then release them. This allows your muscles to gradually relax, reducing tension and anxiety.

2.     Deep Breathing. Next time you feel stressed, try deep breathing. Sit in a comfortable position and take measured breaths. Inhale while counting from one to four and exhale while counting from four to one. Repeat until you feel calmer. Deep breathing increases the amount of oxygen in the body and allows you to relax.

3.     Visualization. If you find that you’re thinking anxious thoughts, use your imagination to focus on positive, healing images. Find a comfortable position, shut your eyes and visualize a scene or place that you associate with safety and relaxation. You can imagine whatever you wish, as long as it is calming to you.

4.     Thought Stopping. When you notice you’re having negative thoughts or are beating yourself up over something or someone, focus on those thoughts for a few minutes, and let them go. Then try focusing on something positive.

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Origins of Chiropractic

Ever wondered about the Origins of Chiropractic?

“Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.

Before chiropractors there were bonesetters. The earliest reference to bonesetting credits 16th Century Friar Thomas Moulton of the order of St. Augustine who wrote the Compleat Bonesetter, a guide about setting bones, which stated “…the use of manipulation as a method of setting fractures, reducing dislocations, and restoring mobility to an injured or diseased joint.”

In the 18th century many of the bonesetters where women, with Lavinia Fenton (who married the Duke of Bolton) and her sister Sally Mapp (aka Crazy Sally) being two of the most notorious and sought-after bonesetters for their extraordinary skills. It is believed that they learned their skills from their father who was also a famous early 18th century bonesetter.

“Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.”

D. D. Palmer, a teacher and grocer turned magnetic healer, opened his office of magnetic healing in Davenport, Iowa in 1886. On September 18, 1895, he helped a janitor, Harvey Lillard, regain his hearing by manual manipulation. Even though there are conflicting stories as to how the “treatment” came about, this date is considered the birth of Chiropractic. A decade earlier Andrew Still, founder of the American School of Osteopathy wrote Principles of Osteopathy, where he described the body as “a machine whose parts could be manipulated to produce a drugless cure.”The difference between these two men was that while Palmer concentrated on reducing “heat” from friction of the misaligned parts, Still claimed to enhance the flow of blood.

Palmer was arrested a couple of times for practicing medicine without a license and was convicted of claiming he could cure without a license in medicine or osteopathy. B.J. Palmer, his son, took over the Palmer School in 1906, when his father left the state after his conviction and where BJ began promoting Chiropractic formal training. While bonesetting is considered as providing modern Chiropractic with the method, magnetic healing provided the theory.

Dr Solon Langworthy started an official curriculum composed of several different subjects and narrowed the field to the treatment of the spine and nervous system. He was also the first to coin the term “subluxation”, which in layman’s terms simply means a joint out of place. He was also the first to publish a book on Chiropractic, “Modernized Chiropractic — Special Philosophy — A Distinct System”, in 1906.

The profession became split between two “schools of thought” – mixers and straights. Mixers were those that combined spinal adjustments with treatments of other areas, while the straights’ practice only involved the spinal column.

In spite of the AMA’s efforts in 1963, to eliminate Chiropractic it wasn’t until 1970 that serious research to test chiropractic theories was begun and, by the mid 1990’s scholarly interest had grown sufficiently to warrant establishing clinical guidelines positioning Chiropractic as a legitimate medical approach.

Sources:

http://www.spineguys.com/why_chiropractic/whatisit.asp

http://www.chiro.org/alt_med_abstracts/FULL/Chiropractic_Origins_Controversies.hml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chiropractic

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Chiropractic Pediatrics

A growing field not limited to kiddies

Chiropractic pediatrics is a growing field due to the fact that it has been recognized and accepted that children need chiropractic help also. This area of the chiropractic field involves the treatment and cure of otitis media, asthma, allergies, infantile colic, and enuresis amongst other ailments. Incredibly enough, chiropractic pediatrics is also involved in the treatment of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome.

The chiropractor can explain why you’re getting those pre-natal lower back pains.

As expected there already is an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and in 2009, it produced the results of a study which revealed that, “The indicated primary reason for chiropractic care of children was ‘wellness care’. Such care would require manipulating the spines of healthy children for “subluxation correction.” In “normal English” this means that the main reason chiropractic is used in children is to correct the curvature of the spine. Pediatric subluxation correction is most often seen in, primarily, infants and adolescents, in correcting scoliosis – a sideways curvature of the spine.

Chiropractic pediatrics is not limited to infants, children and adolescents. The treatments may commence even as early as with newborns. Natural birthing may “stress your infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.” Symptoms such as colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections in newborns often are related to nerve system problems and, have been treated and cured with Chiropractic Pediatrics.

Symptoms such as colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections in newborns often are related to nerve system problems and, have been treated and cured with Chiropractic Pediatrics

Pre-natal care is also considered part of Chiropractic Pediatrics. Some of the problems this field addresses are:

  • Pregnancy discomfort
  • Breech birth alignments
  • Post-natal aches and pains
  • Postpartum depression
  • Lower back pain
  • Menstrual pain (post-partum)
  • Hormonal imbalances

If your child displays any of the symptoms discussed, above, and their regular pediatrician doesn’t seem to nail the soucce, consider Chiropractic Pediatrics . What have you got to lose – your kid getting better?

Should you have any questions regarding Chiropractic Pediatrics, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do you have any positive/negative Pediatric Chiropractic experience you’d like to share with us (don’t mention names, please).

 
Sources:

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/pediatric-chiropractic-care-scientifically-indefensible/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subluxation

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/scoliosis/a/06_scoliosis.htm

http://www.akchiropracticandtherapy.com/chiropractic_work.html#pediatric

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What To Expect From My First Visit

Before any treatment takes place you will be thoroughly examined.

So you can’t stand the pain any longer, and, you have decided to see a chiropractor. Apprehensive as to what should you expect on your first visit? Don’t be. It’s quite routine. Before the chiropractor even lays his/her hands on you, there are other preliminary activities which will take place and are as important.

Firstly, the chiropractor will have you fill out forms regarding your past medical history just like you do when you visit a dentist or medical doctor. What are some of the questions you will be asked? Primarily, questions having to do with the specific pain that caused you to go there in the first place:

Your chiropractor will be able to show you where your injury is located, explain what kind of treatment you require and how long such will take.

  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Is it a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it worse?

The next step will be to take your vitals – i.e., blood pressure, pulse, respiration, reflexes, etc. An area which you do not test when seeing other doctors which you will test here are orthopedidc and neurological tests, which will evaluate:

  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity

If your injury is back-related – mainly, lower back pain, it may even require chiropractic manipulation, also referred to as chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation, which refers to a manual “working” of the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.

To conduct a more exhaustive examination the chiropractor may also request diagnostic studies such as x-rays, an MRI scan and/or other lab tests (blood, HIV, etc.). Some chiropractors have x-ray capabilities in their clinics but, not MRI machines. For this you would have to go to another clinic performing those tests.

Once the chiropractor has gathered all of the above information he/she will be able to provide you with an informed diagnosis. The diagnosis involves informing you of what is wrong with you, what type of treatment you require and how long the treatment will last.

Sources:
http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/what-expect-first-chiropractic-consultation

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/chiropractic-manipulation

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