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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:13

8 Weeks to Wellness

You cannot medicate your way out of a problem you behaved your way into.

The measure of health is much more than looking good in a bathing suit. It is also measurable by more than just absence of illness. Wellness is tangible—it can be measured. We all know someone who felt fine one day and dropped dead the next of a heart attack; or the women who felt fine today but was diagnosed with breast cancer the next. Lack of symptoms or feeling good is no way to measure wellness!

With the implementation of 8Weeks to Wellness, people in our community have become healthier while also decreasing their medication usage. Through this holistic approach, clients are then given the opportunity to learn to make changes for themselves through diet, exercise, and self-care under the guidance and support they need to be successful. Based on results from 200 people who completed the program, it works. The average participant lost 15 pounds and 4 inches from their waistline. Their hip measurement went down an average of 2.5 inches, and their blood pressure decreased by 16 points. In the 8 Weeks to Wellness program, the “yardstick” of wellness is what is referred to as a True Wellness Score.

So how do we measure your wellness? We measure wellness with something called a Wellness Score, which is scoring system can track and measure your physiology and function.  When we do your wellness score we look at numerous biomarkers of health and actually give you a letter grade, just like in school.

What We Score & Why 

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) - It is a height and weight chart. Your BMI needs to be below 30 and if it is not, you have exponentially increased your risk factor for the three biggest killers of Americans, heart disease, cancer and obesity-related conditions such as diabetes.
  • Your Posture - You live your life through your nervous system and your posture tell us exactly what is going on with your spine and nerve system. We take a digital photo of you from the front and side. A picture is worth a 1000 words.
  • Core Strength and Flexibility - We have eight different ways to test your strength and flexibility of core muscles. We sit too much and it is taking its toll on our bodies.
  • Cellular Health - The single best determiner of how well we age is how fat we get. We use the In Body System to measure your Body Fat %, Phase Angle, Intercellular Water and Lean Muscle Mass to determine your true cellular age.
  • Neuro-spinal Function - As chiropractors, we work with your spine and nerve system to optimize your health. Your Chiropractic examination and x-rays tell us how well your nerve system is adapting to your environment.

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It is about time we change how we look at wellness. We need to focus on health care instead of sick care. The 8 Weeks to Wellness program gives clients guidance and support through a realistic, personalized eating plan, chiropractic care each week, full-body massage to reduce stress and soothe sore muscles, personal training weekly to challenge yourself and improve your functional mobility, and relaxation training for stress reduction and mental wellness. Through 8 Weeks to Wellness, you get an educational opportunity in which you are encouraged to make choices towards improving your life and take control of your health.

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Monday, 19 February 2018 15:59

Boston Heart Labs

Dr. Amy Crain

Why is getting Boston Heart Labs test something everyone should consider doing? Because heart disease still claims one out of every three deaths in the United States! Getting your blood tested is a great way to assess your risks of heart disease. The best strategy to prevent and manage heart disease is to understand your risk and embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle. For more information on cardiovascular disease visit the Boston Heart’s website.

How is Boston Heart different? They give a more in-depth panel. Information from traditional cholesterol screening tests provides basic screening information, but research indicates that lipid panel testing alone does not predict your risk of a cardiovascular disease event.

  • Clinical trials have shown that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk for a cardiovascular event by only 25% on average, meaning that standard drug therapy fails to address 75% of a patient’s remaining or residual risk for cardiovascular events.
  • Additionally, hospital admission data indicates that at least half the people who have had a heart attack had “normal” LDL cholesterol levels.

Dr. Ross and I use Boston Heart for our patients because research and science have advanced technology, which goes far beyond standard cholesterol screening to accurately determine your individual risk of heart disease. We are better able to give our patient's lifestyle modifications that are custom to their needs. There are 4 tests that get run to assess your risk:

  • HDL Map test- Tells us the particle sizes of your HDL
  • Cholesterol Balance test- Tells us if you are over-producing or over absorbing cholesterol
  • Prediabetes Assessment-Helps identify if you are at risk of developing diabetes within the next 10 years
  • Fatty Acid Balance test- Assesses the different kinds of fats in your diet along with your omega-3 and omega-6 levels.
  • Other tests available- Thyroid panel, liver, and kidney function panel, Vitamin D assessment, inflammation markers, hormone, and genetic panels.

Dr. Ross and I use these labs to come up with a tailored wellness program to help change your physiology and biochemistry to reduce your risk or heart disease. Our 8 Weeks to Wellness program is allowing us to help our patients on a whole new level. Our patients are our family and we want to help everyone be the best version of themselves and live long HAPPY lives! Ask us what our wellness program and Boston Heart labs can do for you!

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