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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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Friday, 07 April 2017 17:27

By: Beth Ann Henning

April is Stress Awareness month. "Stress awareness"... they're great buzzwords!! But what exactly is STRESS? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stress as "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances." I like to simplify it and say stress is anything that causes your body to react negatively. Your response to a stressor is key in how your body feels.

"My response?" you ask. Yes, YOUR response - stress (and your response to the stimuli) is individualized! If you view something as negative, your body responds physiologically by producing chemicals that negatively impact the tissues of your body, resulting in tight muscles, upset stomach, aches and pains, and headaches, to name a few effects. The more stress, the more chemical release and by default the more adverse effect on you. Change your point of view and you will change your stress levels.

Let's take a look at some common Life Stressors and how you can change your point of view of them!

  1. Loss of a job: This can be a major financial and emotional stressor in the lives of many. Consider looking at it this way: Great!! Maybe you hated the commute, your boss was an idiot, or you were underpaid. This is an opportunity for positive professional change. Feel the weight lift from your shoulders as you concentrate on using the many gifts you have been given.
  2. Car accident: You can be easily overwhelmed by the seemingly countless things to take care of afterward. Try tackling the tasks one by one. Get checked out physically, call your insurance company and make the report, get the car assessed, etc. bit by bit. Don't feel you need to do it all at once, take it one step at a time to reduce the pressure on your mind (and body).
  3. Sick child: You're not able to go to "work." Everyone is lacking in precious sleep. This can be a thunderstorm of stress. Rise above and change your point of view: Be the caregiver you were born to be. Cuddle with your little one. Snuggle and nap and use the down time to simply exist. The hustle and bustle of everyday family and work life will resume soon enough. But use this gift of time to relax with the sick, be present to their needs, and revel in the time together.

As a massage therapist, I deal with the effects of stress on people every day. I am always asked, "What causes those sore lumps in my shoulders?" I simply state, "It is your own response to stimuli. Keep that in mind. It is in your power to change your level of stress and its effects."

Here are a few additional tools I encourage my clients to use:

BREATHE!!! I say that to people a lot! Breathe into a count of 4 seconds, and exhale to a count of 8. Slowing down your breath can have an immensely positive effect on your situation.

Move more. Do not be a slave to your desk, computer, or workstation. Get up and go to the water cooler or restroom every hour. Or even get a mini-workout in over your lunch break.

Do a body check. Assess every muscle in your body for tightness; clench and unclench your muscles starting at your toes and moving upwards. You might find you are clenching your jaw (or any number of other muscles!) without even realizing it.

Massage!! Of course, I would mention massage! Regular Massage Therapy sessions are very beneficial in keeping your body on a more even keel, encouraging fewer peaks and valleys of physiological discomfort.

At the end of the day, it is up to you to recognize how you're dealing with stress in your life. Of course, there are exceptions, but predominately, this reaction or response to stressors in your everyday life is in YOUR control!

What's next in your battle against stress? Take some of these tips to heart, and schedule a consultation with one of the massage therapists or chiropractors at Inver Grove Chiropractic and Wellness! We'd love to help you stress less this month and provide complete wellness care to help you conquer stress in your life!

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