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Wellness

Wellness is continuously improving the potential of our bodies to express maximum health.

 

  • This is in sharp contrast with the common disease and symptom fighting methods practiced by most other doctors and disciplines.
  • Fighting or masking symptoms or just plain “living with” symptoms means a continuous degenerative process is taking place in the body.
  • Wellness Care focuses on finding the cause of the degeneration improving the function in the body, optimizing the ability of the body to heal and regenerate.

Wellness tips for you and for your structural health:

These simple movements or daily routines can end up hurting you if you’re not careful. Make sure to do these simple activities the right way as outlined below:

Standing

Posture. Posture. Posture. Make sure that you keep your chin up and don’t slouch. If you know that you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes.

Working at a desk

Make sure that you are getting up every 20 minutes to stretch. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet are on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. Try to avoid looking down at your computer screen. It should be at eye level.

Sitting

Make sure you have a chair that is supportive. When you sit for a long period of time, for instance at a desk job, make sure to get up and stretch every 20 minutes. Sit with your back against the chair, feet firmly on the floor. Do not cross your legs.

Lifting

Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Even if it is a light object, twisting or pulling in the wrong direction when you’re not stretched out can have a damaging effect on muscles and the spine. You always want to bend at the knees and avoid lifting anything you know is too heavy.

Overall physical activity

If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately stretched out and warmed up. Even if it’s something light like gardening or just pushing your child on a bike, it’s easy to pull something if you’re not warmed up.

Talking on the telephone

If you use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. By all means try to avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area.

Resting or sleeping positions

Straining your neck or back while you’re sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in strange positions where we are not supported properly or our necks are at an odd angle. Make sure that if you are going to nap or watch TV in bed, that you are in a supportive position.

Sleep and hydration

The rule of 8 applies to both sleep and hydration. Our bodies need 8 hours of quality sleep to keep the cycle of energy restoration, tissue growth and repair, dealing with stress and hormone release for critical metabolic functions just to name of a few of the processes that take place during restful sleep.

Hydration is vital to wellness given the body is approximately 60% water. Everyone has heard the advice to drink eight glasses of 8 ounces of water daily. However, not everyone needs the same amount. Several conditions increase the amount of water you need, Exercise, environment like hot or humid weather, illnesses that include fever or vomiting and women that are pregnant or nursing require additional water to stay properly hydrated. Loss of too much fluids or ingesting of too much water can result in lowered electrolytes, so it is important to keep safely hydrated.

Dehydration happens when you don’t take in enough water to replace what is lost – your body, in effect, dries out. Headache, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, lowered urine output and constipation are just a few of the symptoms of mild dehydration. There are conditions, like heart failure and some kidney, adrenal and liver disorders that require decreased fluid intake.

Be sure and consult your physician if you are unsure of your bodies water or health requirements.