Wellness and what that means to us here at Centered Health
Before I became a Chiropractor, I was a Registered Nurse for 11 years. I was lucky enough to work in a variety of different settings, including neurosurgery, dialysis, intensive care and the cardiac catheterisation lab.
I loved my nursing career; I loved engaging with patients and caring for them. I was also pretty frustrated and sad as I knew that there were so many more things people could be doing to stay healthy.
The main problem is that most people don’t know any other way. The majority of us have been brought up in a medical model – one where we seek help from the Doctor only when we are actually sick.
However, it’s important to understand that symptoms and dis-ease don’t just appear suddenly. They are actually often happening insidiously over time as we neglect to consciously nurture our wellbeing.
So, we know what sickness is, but what exactly is wellbeing?
The Global Wellness Institute (https://globalwellnessinstitute.org/) defines wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.”
Wellness is preventive, holistic and ancient in its roots.
I define wellness as not merely a lack of symptoms. It is a space in which you feel vital, clear, energised, peaceful and full of good health. Not only physically, but emotionally mentally and spiritually as well.
Ultimately, to achieve wellness, we are being asked to become active participants in our own health care.
We have to have intentions, goals, find the right support and take action.
How do we support wellness at Centered Health?
At Centered Health we provide a holistic, natural approach – one that recognizes that our mental thought patterns, emotions, biochemistry and beliefs all play a part in shaping our health and wellbeing.
Let’s break this down to better understand the holistic approach:
Mental Mind – this is our conscious mind, our analytical mind.
The dialogue of our mental mind can be both positive and negative, which can have an impact on our biological functioning. At times of stress our mental mind can feel out of control, leading to anxiety and/or depression.
Emotional Mind – this is our subconscious mind, our feelings.
Our emotions are especially linked to our immune system. Stuck or repressed emotions appear to be particularly harmful to health as the body literally feels emotions. For example, it is common that in times of fear we can have digestive issues.
Beliefs – beliefs are what we believe to be the truth, either from what we have learned or through modelled behaviour.
They have the ability to keep us stuck in the story of our past, or to support us in reaching our full potential. The beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world, our emotions, memories and habits can all influence our wellbeing.
Biochemistry – how the body functions and therefore how easily it can communicate with the rest of the body.
Biochemistry is influenced by lifestyle, emotions, beliefs and genetics. It affects how the hormonal pathway functions, how energy is produced, how neurotransmitters function and much more.
At Centered Health we achieve health outcomes through a combination of chiropractic care; applied kinesiology; balancing the emotional, mental and spiritual states of the patient; complex homoeopathy; nutrition to support the functioning of the body; dry needling and biochemical balancing to assess for toxicity, allergies, food intolerances, hormone disruptions and much more.
I feel better, why should I keep coming back for treatment?
Wellness doesn’t just happen, it takes work. It requires us to broaden our concept of wellness to go beyond just physical wellness, to go beyond the thought of “well my headaches have stopped so I must be healthy.”
Our busy lives tend to keep us in a heightened nervous system response, which disrupts the balance of energy needed in the body. At Centered Health, our treatment aims to balance your energy.
For most patients, regular treatments are needed to maintain a sense of balance, and therefore wellbeing. We recommend that these wellbeing appointments take place two-monthly following the initial period of treatment.
As well as supporting the maintenance of a healthy nervous system, treatment will support our understanding of our blocks, patterns and personality traits, to empower us to reach our full potential.
Centered Health’s top two values are ‘wellbeing’ and ‘making a difference’.
We would love to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellbeing goals so that you can live a full, healthy and conscious life.