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Chiropractic Care for Whole Person Wellness

Twenty-two million Americans visit chiropractors every year according to WebMD. So there’s no doubt it’s become a go-to treatment for health seekers that want to avoid surgery and/or medication. But only 35% of these patients use chiropractic for pain and injuries. Because there are many other benefits.

Chiropractic Care Targets Whole Person Wellness

Since Why The Health Not?™ advocates the importance of whole-person wellness, chiropractic care cannot be ignored as an important defensive strategy. Because it’s one that strives to make your body do what it was intended to do, naturally. As a result, this minimizes major health events in the future.

In our hometown of Boise, Idaho, there are almost 200 chiropractic offices. In the offices of Gonstead Spine & Wellness, there’s a sign that greets patients with the profound statement:

“Chiropractic is health insurance.”

Once you educate yourself on what chiropractic care offers you’ll realize why this statement makes sense. It’s not just a temporary approach to minimize pain or inflammation. It’s a homeopathic maintenance program that ensures your nervous system is firing properly so you can enjoy a lifetime of health. This gets right to the heart of whole person wellness and preventative care.

Get to the Root of the Problem

Gonstead’s Dr. Todd Pickman says, “Chiropractic treatments empower the body to work the way it was intended to.” Importantly, it’s all about the core communicators in our body: the brain and the spinal cord, collectively known as the body’s nervous system. At Northside Chiropractic, Dr. Kevin Davis adds, “Nervous system optimization means good health, naturally.”

Chiropractors seek out the root problem for the body’s lack of proper functionality. The medical approach focuses on pharmaceuticals and surgery to treat symptoms. While it’s true that some patients with severe symptoms could need medical interventions, many others could greatly benefit from adjustments that target root causes. And for longer periods of time. Exams to find these root causes include x-rays and physicals targeting reflexes, among other in-office diagnostic techniques.

Empowerment Is Life-Changing

Once relief begins to replace discomfort, patients become empowered as hope begins to replace fear. Northside’s Dr. Mick Tiegs notes, “Patients see the value in that. We ask them questions about their exercise and nutrition, and continue monitoring their progress in every appointment. They see us as a lifestyle partner that gets them on track so they can achieve their wellness goals.”

Empowerment through teamwork in the physical pillar of wellness becomes a strong foundation for improvements in other wellness pillars. A strong body means a strong mind (intellectual, emotional and spiritual wellness). Now, you’re ready to tackle the world and take a place at the table of success (financial and social wellness).

In conclusion, how are you tackling your whole person wellness? Watch these videos to determine if chiropractic might be the answer to some of your problems.





6 Pillars of Wellness: #1 Physical
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Physical Wellness Starts Your Path To Awesomeness

In order to understand how to thrive and not just live, start on The Path To Awesomeness with an understanding of the 6 Pillars of Wellness. What are they and how do they work together to create a whole-person approach to true health care? The 6 Pillars address the primary categories that support the most important aspects of healthy, happy human beings. Mapping your wellness among the 6 Pillars helps ensure you are maximizing your life. Let’s start with the basics.

Physical Wellness Pillar, Digital Health by Why The Health Not?THE 6 PILLARS OF WELLNESS:



Each of these pillars works together and is affected by the another. For example, if your physical wellness is compromised, it will impact your emotional, social and financial wellness. If you’re financially unwell, it affects your stress levels which immediately erodes your physical, emotional and social health. Of course, you probably know this and have seen it in action. But what can we do about it? How can we minimize weakness in a vulnerable area and perhaps overcome it, once and for all? We’ll explain more in this six part series and lead to an innovative solution created by the Why The Health Not? team.

Physical Wellness Is Step One

The physical pillar is the simplest to understand; your body has been telling you how it feels your entire life! But are you listening? Sure, you grew up hearing your body tell you when it’s hungry or thirsty, tired or energetic. You and your body are together all the time. Let’s maximize this close relationship and use it to better understand the all-important physical pillar of wellness.

This pillar is vast and comprehensive. To make it easy to digest, let’s start with the basics. Digestion, nutrition and hydration are some of the key components of physical wellness, along with exercise, sleep and balancing the treatment of illness or injury with medication and preventative actions. In a nutshell, your body is in a constant state of fluctuation between healthy and unhealthy. It’s important to understand that physical health is not merely about the absence of illness; it’s also about making good choices that help strengthen some of the other pillars that support our physical wellbeing.

The goal of physical wellness is optimal physical fitness. But that doesn’t mean you need to go full-gladiator. The healthiest physical you is the version that can better defend your body against preventable illness, speed up recovery from injury, sustain a positive mood, keep stress levels in check, see tasks to their completion, and basically enjoy life. A strong physical pillar, therefore, is your solid foundation for a thriving lifestyle.

How Strong Is Your Physical Pillar?

What’s your current physical state? This is the question you’ll want to ask yourself first. Do a diagnostic check on your current physical condition. Here’s a general checklist to get started. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all set of rules that works for everyone. We’re all different, so you’ll want to get the advice of a physical health professional to truly assess your current physical state. He or she will help by being objective and providing you with metrics, goals and expertise that go beyond basic observation, making sure you get optimal results.

Do you

  • eat a balanced diet?
  • get plenty of sleep?
  • engage in physical activity?
  • know your physical limits?
  • take care of yourself when you’re ill?
  • understand your medication(s)?
  •  listen to your body’s needs?
  • receive regular check-ups?
  • avoid substance abuse?

You may not be able to accurately assess all of these criteria right now. That’s completely okay. Assessing your current physical state is not about how far you’ve come but understanding where you are now so you know where you want to go. Be honest with yourself and give yourself permission to not be perfect. Your wellness is about what makes you healthy, not how others perceive you. Is there something you need to focus on that’s not included in this list? Then focus on that, too. Again, everyone is different.

After you’ve given yourself plenty of time to focus on your current physical state so you can understand where you are, you’ll want to set goals to improve these areas. A professional can help here too: as a source of valuable information and advice for what your realistic goals can be. Set goals that are attainable and focus on wellness first and foremost. Once you’ve achieved better wellness you can focus on more strength, a leaner figure, running a million kilometers . . . But before you get great, let yourself get good.

Let’s Tackle The Other Pillars

Now that you have an understanding of the physical wellness pillar, you should know how it affects your other pillars. Your physical self will either help or hinder your other wellness states in many ways. If you’re suffering from fatigue you may be more susceptible to emotional responses that aren’t in your control. If you’ve been injured, you may have to abstain from social or work activities which will affect your social and financial wellness and so on. Your wellness depends on your pillars holding you up. If one begins to crumble and fall away, it puts more stress on the others to hold you up.

So, let’s get started!


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