By Dr. Tom Solecki

What is wellness? Wellness at one time was defined as the absence of disease or sickness. Many people now have the broader understanding of wellness not only as the ability to prevent disease, but also to function well. Optimal well-being is a concept of health that goes beyond the curing of illness to one of achieving wellness.

Achieving wellness requires balancing the various aspects of the whole person. These aspects are physical (you body), emotional (your feelings), mental (your thoughts), and spiritual (your spirit). This holistic approach to health involves integration of all of these aspects and is an ongoing process. Many of us have been brought up to believe that our health depends solely on the quality of the healthcare we receive. While it is true that healthcare has an important role, ultimately, health is our own responsibility. Our responsibility involves not only knowing when and how to use the services of skilled professionals, but how to adopt the kind of lifestyle that helps prevent the onset of illness. You are the only person who can take steps to preserve your health and promote your wellness.

With today’s growing health awareness toward prevention and wellness, chiropractic is playing an integral role in maintaining one’s health and vitality. Although many people seek out chiropractic care for its safe and highly effective approach to the treatment of pain arising from the muscles, joints, and nerves, they are delighted to find out that chiropractic offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. Chiropractic is a refreshing approach to total health care, which acknowledges the human body’s innate healing potential. Here is a list of changes you can make to you lifestyle havity to make an investment in you health:

  1. Taken an inventory of your health habits.
  2. Have an appropriate positive attitude toward lifestyle changes.
  3. Develop a specific plan to change by:
  4. Assessing problematic behaviors (good habits vs. bad habits)
  5. Setting specific, realistic goals for nutrition and exercise programs
  6. Developing a strategy to achieve your goals
  7. Monitoring your goals

You should test your current health and fitness levels with these free fitness calculators so you know your starting point and can track your progress.

These are all recommendation that can go into a healthier you. Make a difference in yourself and invest in your health.