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Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – Wellness Series Part 2 of 3

Is wellness physical health?  Quality of life?  Freedom from pain?

Health and wellness is all of these things.  Scientists have studied the lifestyles and genetics of people in history, from different cultures and environments to help understand health and longevity. This month the Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic blog is focusing on wellness.

Welcome to part two of this three part series, a focus on quality of life.

“Quality of life” is a term used to evaluate the well-being of individuals and communities. It describes how people feel about the environment in which they live, work  and play – and while the definition may differ according to levels of income, social status, health and/or living conditions, these factors don’t necessarily relate to an individual’s level of happiness.

Without trying to sound too much like an infomercial, do you want more peace of mind?  Do you long for more in control of your life?  Do you want to be excited by the possibilities each day brings when you leap out of bed in the morning?  Could you use  greater financial security or a better job?  Do you wish your life was abundant with healthy, happy relationships and energy enough to be active every day?

Sure! Who wouldn’t?  The reality is that life is often stressful. Here are 4 ideas to make small (and BIG) changes in your life that will increase your quality of life:

1)  Change what you think.  How often do you respond to life’s struggles in a negative way?  Think of ways that you have responded to the challenges life presented in the last month or so.   Can you re-think “life is hard” and approach each day with a new attitude that “life is an adventure”?  Changing what you think will change the way you feel, and eventually the way you act.

2)  Change your surroundings.  Where you live, where you work, where you play should be mostly comfortable, positive and even inspiring.  And that includes the people you interact with. Put your energy and effort into positive people and make sure your environment impacts you in a positive way.  That could mean applying for a new job, painting your kitchen or cleaning the closets.

3)  Change your level of intensity.  Do you live life at a snail’s pace?  Or are you always moving at lightning speed?  Maybe you need to speed up a little so that you aren’t bogged down with the same old routines… or maybe you need to put the brakes on once in a while and see what you’ve been missing.  Either way, you will find that you do more, and enjoy more.

4)  Change the way you look.  A new haircut or a fitness regime can inspire you to apply for a new job posting at work or make you feel more confident when you look in the mirror.

Finding ways to make small, positive changes can result in big life changes.   And that can change everything!

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic welcomes feedback and insight for those who have improved their quality of life, whether or not you are a chiropractic patient at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic or another chiropractic clinic.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic 604.507.9929.

Questions are the Answer when Visiting your Chiropractor

How asking the right questions can lead to the right answers – and better health!

One of our main goals at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic is to provide services and tools to help our patients take control of their wellness.  Chiropractor Dr. James Chestnut says, “There are no right answers to wrong questions.”  He stresses the importance of asking the right questions to get the right answers – and therefore the right results.  We agree with him.  Many of us ask lousy questions that turn our focus away from what we really want and towards more of what we don’t want.

Dr. Chestnut emphasizes that the animal species is genetically programmed for a life of health and wellness,  but notes that humans are the sickest species on the planet.    So the question or the mindset of, “Why is my body breaking down and making these mistakes, and what drugs or surgery do I need to do to treat the effects of that is very different from the question or mindset of what am I toxic or deficient in that has forced my body into this state?”  Or better yet, “How can I preserve or even enhance a life of wellness?”

Here are some examples of  questions related to health and wellness that will NOT yield positive results:

  • What do I have and how can I treat it?
  • What do I do if I am too busy to eat well… exercise… floss my teeth… follow up on the pain I have in my back/chest/shoulder?
  • What drugs can I get for this condition?
  • Am I going to need surgery to fix my body?

Dr. Chestnut reminds us that asking those questions will never prevent anything and never restore our optimal wellness.  Instead, questions such as:

  • Why is my body responding this way?
  • What am I putting into my body?
  • What am I leaving out that my body requires?

These are very different questions and the answers are quite simple, if you are open to hearing them.  The key is that asking better questions, gives you a better focus and better results on your journey to optimal wellness.

So the questions you ask your chiropractor – be it Dr. Sadhra or any healthcare provider – are important.  And since we ask and answer questions of ourselves every hour of the day, these questions really do exert amazing power over our results.

 

Dr. James Chesnut – Treatment Paradigm

Chiropractic patients at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic may Borrow Dr. Chesnut’s book – and a range of other resources from our Chiropractic Patient Reference Library

The Fire Department Analogy

Dr. James Chesnut is one of top chiropractic educators in the world.  He has an analogy that is interesting to help understand the treatment paradigm and the differences between these approaches so that you can determine when one health professional – chiropractor, massage therapist, medical doctor, physiotherapist – etc. are appropriate.  The following is an excerpt from his book, “The Wellness Prevention Paradigm.”

“How is prognosis determined?  Would it be logical to call the fire department to use their axes and fire hoses to get and keep your house well?   For this analogy your mind and body are your house, medical doctors are the fire department, and lifestyle practitioners are the contractors – the house maintenance and renovation experts. Now, imagine your house is on fire. It is an emergency. Who should you call, the fire department or the renovation and maintenance experts?

I hope you said the fire department.

Now, what will the fire department do when they get to your burning house? Well, what they do will depend on what tools they have to work with. What tools does the fire department have? The tools that they have developed are congruent with their goal to put out fires (treat disease risk factors and symptoms). They have axes and fire hoses (drugs and surgery). What will they use these for? They will use the axes to break out all your windows, chop down your door, and chop open your walls. They will use the hoses to soak all the walls and furnishings of your home. What is the result? If you are lucky, if they get there in time and do not make any big mistakes, they will save the life of your house. For this you should be eternally grateful. Now, what is left after they have put out the fire? A huge mess to clean up. In fact, your house is now in far worse shape than it was before the fire ever started. Think about it, what would happen if you did not have a fire but decided to use axes and fire hoses on your house?

Would this not do damage to your house?  Of course it would.”

Wellness by Intention

Wellness by Intention Means we Strive to Balance the Various Aspects of our Needs & Wants

How do YOU Define Wellness?

Is it physical health? Quality of life?  Freedom from pain or disease?  Is it an overall feeling of health and well being?  Is it possible for people who live with chronic conditions to achieve wellness?   How about when we don’t feel well, but don’t know what is wrong… even the doctor or your chiropractor may not find anything obvious?

First and foremost, wellness is a mindset and a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.

Wellness is all about maintaining a balance between the many different aspects of your life. Think of it as a wheel with seven spokes – if one spoke (one aspect of your life) is underdeveloped or neglected, the wheel (your overall wellness) will be off balance.

Everyone’s optimal wellness will be different, depending on your own needs, experiences, personality, and circumstances. As we make our way through life, different aspects will fall in and out of balance – it’s our job to try and maintain as much of a balance as possible.  Use the wheel  to determine what areas of your life are balanced and what areas of your life may need some improvement. Simon Fraser University has developed a wellness wheel for the student body which is interactive and includes a 2 minute quiz so you can assess areas needing improvement.  You can take the quiz here.

To conclude this introduction to wellness, consider these ten suggestions.

  1. It is very difficult to be well and focused on excellence in lifestyle if you can’t express your talents and passions in some manner.
  2. Advice can come from many sources but ultimately you must make the unique decisions for designing and maintaining quality for your health, leisure and wellness choices.
  3. Coming to terms with the fact that change is inevitable and happening at a faster pace than ever before will enable you to deal more effectively with its manifestations.
  4. Your lifestyle choices, including your attitudes/beliefs/emotional responses and actions, will have a far greater impact on your health, work and wellness performance than any and all doctors who do or could serve you, the economy, the environment, your income level, your age, your retirement plan or your luck.
  5. Wellness is too important to be pursued grimly. Whatever your choices, make sure you’re having fun.
  6. Modern medicine’s a wonderful thing but there are two problems: people expect too much of it and too little of themselves.
  7. Balance is a good thing and a worthy goal but there are times when you have to put it aside to pursue a passion over time, a heroic quest or other short-term goal that takes too much time and energy to permit the maintenance of balance. Be flexible.
  8. It’s better to take up healthy practices than to give up unhealthy habits, at least initially when trying to enhance the quality of your lifestyle. For example, it is better to take up an activity like vigorous walking before you attempt to quit smoking.
  9. Lifestyle quality is seldom achieved by accident–you have to make a choice to live and work this way.
  10. It’s never too late to start a wellness lifestyle. Even if you are 100. Or older.