Wellness encompasses a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit with the overall result of well-being. Wellness usually comes from a deliberate effort to maintain a proper diet, exercise regularly, and practice positive habits. In healthcare circles, wellness focuses on preventing illness and prolonging life, so as to minimizing time, effort and resources spent on treating diseases. To achieve a state of wellness a person must become aware of and actively make choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
Wellness, then, is not just the absence of illness, but rather a dynamic process directed to achieving one’s full potential through change and growth. The dimensions of wellness are the different interrelated facets of our lives that we must try to optimize for overall growth and progress.
Dimensions of Wellness
• Intellectual Wellness – achieved through and benefits from purposeful engagement in academic, cultural, creative and social activities. It entails open-mindedness born out of curiosity when encountering new ideas. It also relates to a willingness to continue expanding and applying your knowledge.
• Emotional wellness – giving consideration to relaxation, stress reduction, self-care and the development of inner resources. Understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress help you learn and grow from new experiences.
• Physical Wellness – enables you to make it through the day’s routines free from undue tiredness or physical stress. It encompasses maintaining a healthy body, being aware of the signs of illness, getting care when needed and avoiding self-destructive habits. A healthy body requires exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep.
• Financial Wellness – entails understanding how to successfully manage your expenses. Financial stress is often a source of stress, anxiety and fear since money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts general health.
• Social Wellness – allows you to effectively and comfortably connect with other people in your world. It deals with how you relate to others, (family and otherwise) and preform social roles. It facilitates the formation of a support network that encourages healthy relationships with peers and romantic partners.
• Spiritual Wellness – speaks to the development of a set of values that aid the pursuit of meaning and purpose in life. Your spirituality may be expressed through relaxation or religion and strives for inner harmony and harmony with others.
Occupational Wellness – seeks personal fulfillment from a job or chosen career field. It engenders making a positive impact on the organizations you work in and society.
If we want to live a higher quality life we must strive for attaining and maintaining an optimal level of wellness. This level of wellness is a cause and result of all that we do, our interactions and our emotions.
According to many research studies, Chiropractic has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for back pain, neck pain, other musculoskeletal ailments, and many types of headaches. Because chiropractic removes subluxations – “blocks in the spine to the normal flow of information, energy, and intelligence from the brain to the rest of the body” – it can help resolve a number of conditions that you might not associate with the spine or nerves. Once you understand the workings of the spine and nervous system, the effect of subluxations on the overall health becomes all too clear.
The spine is one of the most complex organs in the body, consisting of nearly a hundred intricate joints connected by a vast array of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and six layers of muscles all surrounding and protecting over a trillion nerve pathways that connect the brain to the rest of the body.
The spine is a unique structure within the human skeleton in that it is designed to have enormous mobility, flexibility, and strength. Chiropractors believe that misalignments in the cervical spine have a great impact on the communication from the brain to the rest of the body. Others ascribe to the view that sacroiliac and lumbar spines are the most important because they form the structural foundation of the spine. Regardless all chiropractors believe that it is important for the bones of the spine to maintain proper alignment and function. This ensures uninterrupted communication of life and nerve energy throughout the body.
Subluxations occur frequently and may or may not have obvious causes or symptoms. Think back over your own history of bumps, bruises and less obvious injuries. That fall you took out of the treehouse when you were nine. Maybe you had headaches since that time and never associated the two occurrences? The sore neck you have when you leave work? The hours you spend with the phone cradled between your ear and shoulder may be pulling your neck out of alignment.
Studies have found that there is some sort of spinal imbalance in 80 percent of twenty-something olds and 95 percent of forty-five-year-olds.
If left untreated subluxations can cause the muscles, bones, and nerves to degenerate. This appears in many different forms such as muscle weakness, degeneration and nerve interference that can cause numbness and lack of function.
Unless you are getting regular chiropractic care you may find yourself with less vitality, greater discomfort, and less mobility and other health concerns.
Note: There is a wide variety of chiropractic techniques. Each chiropractor offers his/her unique sets of skills and specialized techniques based on their background and theoretical beliefs. There are also two major groups that split the chiropractors based on their practice philosophy. One is “old school” subluxation-based chiropractors and another one is “new school” evidence-based chiropractors. The presented chiropractic information on this page is provided for general educational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect our chiropractor’s view and the way he/she practices chiropractic.
Our registered massage therapist, Joanna Rogowska has recently returned from her trip to Hawaii where she studied Lomi Lomi massage.
In 2013 I traveled with my family to Thailand. While there I took the opportunity to complete a course on Thai Massage at the well known Massage School of Chiang Mai. My clients so enjoyed some of the new techniques I learned that I thought when we were traveling to Hawaii this year I should further my education of massage by taking a course in the great ancient Hawaiian healing technic of Lomi Lomi.
We traveled directly to Maui and after a day to adjust and rest I was off to school at Ho’omana. The school is owned and operated by Jeana Iwalani Naluai, MPT, LM, a very well known Lomi Lomi therapist in Hawaii. She has been practicing bodywork for over 20 years and been an instructor in the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage since 2005. She is now traveling around the world teaching Lomi Lomi.
The course was an amazing experience with many new techniques, which I hope to use in my work with all my clients. The gentle but firm approach of Lomi Lomi has been helping to heal Hawaiians for centuries.
Our holiday was a total success. We enjoyed our time on Maui, hiking to the bottom of a very old volcanic crater, hiking up rivers to swimming in freshwater pools under the waterfalls and of course whale watching and exploring different beaches. We finished the holiday visiting Honolulu and then flew home.
I look forward to putting some of the new techniques I learned into practice with all my clients.
It was a great holiday and one that will always bring back fond memories.
To arrange an appointment with Joanna Rogowska, RMT, Cr, Dipl. ST (Hon) for Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology or integrated bodywork please call us at 416-929-6958