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With advances in technology being made almost every day in today's highly advanced world, many times it's the simple, tried and true methods that have stood the test of time and are still the most effective ways of doing things. A famous myth has been spread that astronauts could not write in space with a normal pen, so NASA spent millions of dollars developing one. The Russian cosmonauts meanwhile, used a pencil!

While this story isn't true, it's a classic example of how people seem to have forgotten about the simple ways to get things done. Your health would definitely fall into this category. Take a look around and you'll see enough gym chains, specialized exercises and different diets to make your head spin. The health and wellness industry is a 500 billion dollar industry for a reason. Millions of people are looking for the next big thing or quick fix to improve their health every day. The truth of the matter is that wellness is not an 8 week crash course or a fad diet. Wellness is a lifestyle that consists of making healthy choices and taking care of your body to ensure optimal health. Optimal health is much more than just being pain-free, it's about ensuring that your body maintains both its optimal structure and function.

Wellness is not high-tech or complicated. At our office, we feel that the steps you need to take to be on the path to living a wellness-based lifestyle are as simple as A, B, C.


Alignment

Much like the gears on a machine, your body depends on being properly aligned to work at its best and most efficiently. From a structural perspective, when your body's joints are out of their normal alignment, it causes abnormal stresses to be placed on your body that can lead to increased risks for injuries and also accelerates the rate of arthritis and wear and tear on your body. Misalignments can also affect how your body functions as well. Your nervous system coordinates the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body. When your spine is out of its normal alignment, it causes an interruption in how your nervous system communicates with your entire body, leading to an overall decrease in function. Chiropractic adjustments are the perfect tool in your wellness arsenal to remove these misalignments to ensure both the optimal structural and functional integrity of your body.

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Balance

Similar to how your body requires maintaining the proper alignment to move and function most efficiently, the same goes for your body's balance. If your body were a house, your feet would be its foundation. Any imbalance or weakness in your foundation will cause your body to be out of balance, leading to postural distortions throughout the rest of your body that can adversely affect your body's alignment. The activities that we participate in, including what we do inside and outside of work and even stress, can also affect your body's balance. Tight muscles can alter how your body normally moves, creating muscular imbalances that can have a tug-of-war effect on your spine and other joints, placing excessive stress on your body. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers and periodic massage therapy can help ensure that your body maintains its normal balance.

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Consistency

Consistency may be the most important part of living a wellness-based lifestyle. Too many times people have jumped head first into exercising and changing their diet only to burn out and give up. These drastic changes for the purpose of "getting healthy again" are rarely sustained. In today's society when everyone is looking for instant results, wellness is about integrating healthy choices into your life for the long-term so it becomes second nature and part of your lifestyle. If you happen to miss a workout or the walk you meant to take or splurged on some pizza here and there, don't worry. As long as the majority of your choices are made with a positive effect on your health in mind, you're still on the right track. Remember that the path to optimal health is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Diet

Your body is an extremely complex machine and all machines need fuel to run on. Your diet is a tremendously important piece of the puzzle in how your body functions. A healthy diet with protein, complex carbs, unsaturated fats, low amounts of saturated fats and quality supplements to fill in any nutritional gaps can help your body function at its best, stay strong, build muscle, decrease pain and inflammation and accelerate the healing process. A poor diet, high in saturated fats and empty calories, can predispose you to pain, inflammation and injuries and also place excessive mechanical stress on your body from the subsequent weight gain.

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Exercise

If you haven't heard about the numerous benefits that exercise can have for your health by now, you clearly have some catching up to do! We've all seen the television commercials for new medications where the benefits seem to be small but the list of side effects go on and on. If exercise was advertised like a new medication, its benefits would be numerous and the side effects would be next to none! A magic bullet for your health doesn't exist, but exercise may be the next closest thing. Whether you're a gym rat, prefer to walk with friends or play in a softball league, the benefits of regular exercise has shown to improve flexibility and coordination, strengthen muscles, reduce your risk for injuries, improve your mood, energy levels and quality of sleep, manage your weight and reduce your risk for chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There are no two ways about it, regular exercise is an integral part of an active and wellness-based lifestyle.

Simple and uncomplicated, tried and true, we feel that knowing these
ABC's are as simple as 1,2,3 for living a wellness-based lifestyle!

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