October 17, 2014

Who is on Your Wellness Team?

 

Who is on your Wellness Team or, your “W-team”, as I like to call it. First of all, YOU should be the biggest player on your team and your biggest fan!  All that said, I love the following quote:

“Professionals have coaches – amateurs don’t.” Anonymous

You don’t have to do it alone, plus it’s much more fun to do it with others!  You can start by finding an accountability partner, someone who has similar goals as you. Encourage each other to stay on course with your Goals. You will also need  natural health care practitioners who will help you achieve your Wellness Goals. You could also find a life coach to uncover what area in your life needs the most attention and work jointly with your coach to develop new habits. If money is an issue, not to worry, you can get so much out of self-help books or courses for a minimal fee.  The internet is also loaded with information – just make sure you get the information from reputable sources. You just have to decide to make a change!

Here are a few health professionals that can be part of your “W” Team and a brief explanation of how they each can help you achieve and maintain your health and wellness:

How Will Chiropractic Care Help Me?

Chiropractic Care focuses on optimizing your body’s own ability to function at its best. It achieves this by removing interference with the nervous system. Chiropractic Care is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to health. Chiropractic does not include medications or prescription drugs.  A Wellness Chiropractor can help you maintain a healthy nervous system and help your body function optimally but will also focus on a person’s lifestyle in the physical, psychological and physiological dimensions.

You don’t need to be in pain to see a Chiropractor. Having a stress-free Nervous System allows you to perform at your full potential. The longer you go with an unhealthy Nervous System, the more devastating the effects are to your health and well-being. Often times, if we wait to have signs and symptoms, detrimental health consequences are already in progress. It’s important to see a Chiropractor who can maximize the efficiency of the Nervous System by correcting subluxations for better health, longevity and quality of life.

Athletes and high performers use Chiropractic care to be and stay at the top of their games. An optimal Nervous System can make the difference between first and second place in a race, or a perfect golf swing. Examples of athletes using Chiropractic care to perfect their performance are: Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Mary Lou Retton and Donovan Bailey.

What Will Naturopathic Medicine Do For Me?

Naturopathic Medicine is a unique system of primary health care which focuses on the core causes of various illnesses. It utilizes the following natural therapies for treatment: traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), botanical medicine, physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy, etc.), nutrition, homeopathic medicine and lifestyle counselling. Lifestyle counselling is especially important because it allows you to isolate the negative factors which contribute to health, and eliminate them from your routine.

What Will Homeopathic Remedies Do For Me?

Homeopathic remedies (also known as Homeopathic) are a system of medicines based on three principles: Finding cures based specifically on symptoms, taking remedies in extremely diluted forms, and targeting multiple symptoms with a single remedy. Homeopathy is considered the second most widely used system of medicine in the world, for its holistic, natural, and safe methods. Furthermore, Homeopathy is correlated with what is referred to as the “law of susceptibility”- which implies that a negative state of mind can attract and produce disease and illness.

How Will Acupuncture Help Me?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that is said to adjust and alter the body’s flow of energy, and treat a variety of illnesses and health conditions. During the process, numerous thin, solid, metallic needles are inserted into areas of the body in order to reduce pain or induce anaesthesia. Acupuncture is said to greatly reduce headaches, and alleviate migraines through stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities.

How Will A Personal Trainer Help Me?

Personal Trainer is a professionally trained guide with expertise in fitness, nutrition and healthy living. They can assist clients in creating and tailoring fitness plans which match their bodies and lifestyle. They offer instruction in various fitness routines, and are available to clients through local fitness facilities or by private appointment.

How Will A Life Coach Help Me?

A Life Coach is an individual trained to help clients determine and achieve personal goals. One must remember, however, that Life Coaches are not therapists nor consultants. They are merely hired to guide already healthy clients, wishing to improve their lives in a specific way. For example, a Life Coach may help an individual change their career path, or reach a weight loss goal. They do so by encouraging time and stress management.

How Will Massage Therapy Help Me?

Message therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body focusing specifically on the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.  Message therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous an circulatory systems.  Physical function can be developed, maintain and improves an physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevent thought the use o massage therapy.

How Will A Nutritionist Help Me?

A Nutritionist is tasked with creating and monitoring food intake, typically that of a specific person or group. Nutritionists help clients with specific food needs, allergies or health conditions maintain their health by eating correctly and taking supplements. Their work is sometimes linked with that of a Personal Trainer. For example, a client might be put on a specific diet if his or her goal was to lose weight or increase muscular strength.

What Will Reflexology Do For Me?

Reflexology is a therapeutic method of pain relief. It is said to relieve symptoms of stress, injury, and illness through stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. A reflexologist stimulates the nerves in the body and encourages the flow of blood, minimizing the sensation of pain as well as relieving it.

There are several other health and wellness fields and disciplines that are not listed here that could be beneficial to you.  Ask your friends and family who they are using locally and what type of results are they experiencing.

Go team go!