Optimal Health



Optimal Health


What Is Health And Wellness, And What Is Optimal Health?

Most people would agree that their health is one of the most important things in their lives. It seems obvious, right. But we all have a tendency to take it for granted, just cruising along on auto-pilot, not really giving a thought about having to keep the ‘machine’ (your body!) running smoothly.

Until it doesn’t run smoothly. Then all of a sudden your health is the highest priority! 

Frankly, most of us take our health for granted. We don’t ever think about it until we experience some sort of crisis, whether that be crippling back pain, or even just a bad head cold.  Then all of a sudden our health is VERY important. Why is that? Why don’t we give our body a single thought until it breaks?

Well, it is really quite simple. A decline in our health limits our freedom to do the things we want to do! From being active, to simply enjoying our family and friends.

Put simply, having good health allows us to do the things we love. Another way to say it is that our physical health directly affects every aspect of our lives. 

The Health Benefits Of Walking And How It Can Help Back Pain.

walkingIt might seem obvious that walking has got to be good for your health. There are many different health benefits of walking, and it goes way beyond just another way to help back pain.

Did you know that walking is our most natural movement, and we all do it every day. Or at least we should!

The human body has evolved over 200,000 years to be a walking machine. It is estimated that we should walk around 10 kilometres (6 miles) every day! And not that long ago this was the normal, with the majority of people regularly having to walk to work or school and back each day.

But as life has gotten ‘easier’ with modern technology, you could theoretically never actually leave your house. Even if you did, you would probably only walk as far as the garage to get into your car. I would guess that many people reading this would probably walk less than 1 kilometre (0.6 mile) per day……



Does Lower Back Pain Affect The Brain?

brainOkay, so it’s not the first thought that pops into your head when you are suffering with back pain. But it poses an interesting question, and it also gives some amazing insights into the long term affects of putting up with a chronic niggle in the back.

Most of us (80{95f364b8aea3ba4afb976a81c1dcc2e8147daac1866ef443968911255633a999} of the adult population) have had back pain at some point in our lives. However we never stop to think about what is actually happening inside our bodies when we experience pain. Usually we just want to make it stop, and fast! Totally understandable, pain is annoying at the very least. And fortunately most instances of pain will sort themselves out within minutes to a few days. It is not until the pain doesn’t go away that we consider there might be a problem, and we start to wonder what is actually going on.



What Is Chronic Back Pain?

Back pain can be described in many ways. Acute, chronic, sub-acute, intermittent, chronic intermittent, etc. etc. This article will help to clear up any confusion as to what is chronic back pain, and how to differentiate it from other types of back pain.

Generally speaking, acute injuries have sudden or rapid onset. This could be the result of a fall or accident, or when your back suddenly ‘goes out’ form something as simple as bending forwards to pick up something. The pain is usually quite intense with an episode of acute back pain.

Chronic back pain is generally considered to be pain that has persisted for longer than 3 months……



Can You Treat Your Own Back Pain?

Is Back Pain Serious?When people see a chiropractor or other spinal specialist, they will usually think that the chiropractor “fixed their back” or “made their headache go away”. But the truth is that they didn’t ‘fix’ anything, or make these people heal. All that can ever happen is helping people restore better spinal health and function, then their own bodies do the rest!

So, can you treat your own back pain? Yes you can!

You just need to understand how it works, then do the right things, at the right time, in the right way and you can treat your own back pain.

Really, all recoveries are down to the fact that your body is made to heal itself. In fact, the only thing that can create true healing is your own body.

You are the doctor!



Is The Health Care System Making You Sick?

Many developed countries around the world follow a similar system of looking after and treating the ill and infirmed. Mostly, we refer to this as ‘The Health Care System’. But is it possible that this system that so many people depend on, unquestioningly, could be actually making us sicker? Read on.

The current strategy of our health care system is to diagnose and treat sickness and disease. And there is no doubt that there is a need for this kind of intervention when you are sick.

However in order for the system to work you have to get sick first. So in actual fact, this is a sickness care system, not a health care system at all. While this system is great once you become sick, it does nothing to promote or maintain better health.

In fact, there is now more heart disease, more cancer, more diabetes, more arthritis and more chronic disease in the world than ever before! Even though we are living longer than we ever have, we simply are not living better.



Healthy Choices. More Than Just For Your Back.

We’ve all heard of healthy choices. You just need to go to your local supermarket and you can see many different foods that are marketed as being a healthy choice.

But what does it mean beyond the marketing jargon?

What it boils down to is this: Your health is a direct result of the choices you make. Whether you have takeaway junk food, or if you cook with fresh foods at home; whether you watch TV or go for a walk; whether you choose to dwell on the past, or plan for a positive future.

If you think about it for a minute, you will see that in nearly every moment of our day we have the opportunity to make a decision that will have an effect on our health and well-being. Sure, most of those decisions are only going to have minimal impact, but……



Is There A Miracle Cure For Back Pain?

miracle cureIn this day and age, where everything can happen in an instant, most of us assume that there is a quick fix for everything. Even our health care!

Because back pain can be so debilitating, it is a natural response to want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. So of course we want to find the fastest way to get better, often looking for a ‘miracle cure’ for back pain.

We all know that in reality, there is no ‘miracle cure’. But there certainly are ways to make the back pain go away. So here it is. The quickest, most effective way to relieve back pain, is to take pain medication.

Of course this does not fix the problem, it just numbs the symptoms (the pain!) so you can’t feel it any more. Eventually the meds will wear off, and the pain will return. However, this is the closest you will get to a miracle cure for back pain. There is nothing else that can make the pain disappear as quickly as strong painkilling medications. But that is not what most people want to hear.

So is there a better strategy for getting long term pain relief?