Posts Tagged: quality of life

Active Transportation in Surrey – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Take the Time to be Healthier

Active transportation is any sort of transportation powered by YOU – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. There are many ways to use active transportation in your daily life, whether it is walking to the bus stop, or cycling even part way to school or work.

Before you leave home to run that errand or get yourself or your kids to work or school, maybe ask yourself if driving there is necessary… could you walk or bike instead? If the weather’s nice and you’re going nearby, chances are you could easily choose a form of active transportation, save gas, money, get healthier and increase quality time with your kids.  Maybe it means leaving a little earlier, but often it doesn’t take much to change up the usual routine.

In our community, the City of Surrey Greenways plan encourages “active transportation” as part of its sustainable transportation plan for the community and as a key component of an active, healthy lifestyle.  Check out the Greenway routes here.

 

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.

 

Take a Chiropractic Minute to Pay it Forward, Surrey

Your body, your family and your community will thank you for it!

Just as stress triggers many chemical and neurological reactions in the body that can have a negative impact on physical and mental health, healthy activities trigger healthy reactions for both body and mind.  In fact, did you know that research in the last 15-20 years indicates a strong relationship between volunteering and living a longer, healthier life?

While the most obvious and key benefits of volunteering relate to the satisfaction one feels when incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community,  the less tangible benefits such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthy reasons to serve.  In addition, when we share our time and talents, we:

  • Solve problems
  • Connect with other people
  • Strengthen communities
  • Improve quality of life for others
  • Transform our own lives

But can volunteering transform your  life and be one aspect of  Wellness by Intention?   In today’s busy world, it seems hard to think about finding time to get through the “to do” list.  However, the health and quality of life benefits of volunteering can be enormous for you, as well as your family and the community.  The right volunteer match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, live a more active lifestyle and even advance your career.

Somali-Canadian songwriter, poet, singer and rap star K’naan’s song ‘Take a Minute’ hit the international music charts  about a year and a half ago.  The song starts by explaining that the greatest leaders in the history of the world became powerful for for what they  the top by giving to others generously.  Taking his mother as example of generosity , he thanks her and all of Africa for showing him that the chance to “give” is priceless:

“Dear Africa, you helped me write this
by showin’ me to give is priceless…

Nothing is perfect man, that’s what the world is
All I know is I’m enjoying today
You know ’cause it isn’t every day that you get to give.”

“Take a Minute” ~ Lyrics by K’naan

The wellness concept of  Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic is based on a proactive approach to wellness and a healthy lifestyle.  We love helping people get and stay on the path to wellness so that they can be active with their families and friends and enjoy their optimal level of wellness.    We also believe that communities are “healthier together” and so the opportunity to support the Surrey community’s health and wellness is another part of the wellness concept at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic.

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.