Life is full of choices, almost every choice we make in life leads us down one path or another. In terms of our health, the choices we make about diet, exercise, handling stress, even how we chose to view our bodies, will all increase , decrease, or maintain our level of well-being and vitality. If you’re reading this post, it’s pretty safe to assume that you’re interested in making choices that will increase your experience of health. After all, the fundamental basis of chiropractic philosophy is the choice to regard health as a state of being where Innate Intelligence is allowed to flow freely, and the goal of health care as simply to restore the body’s optimal function by removing blocks in that energy’s flow.
But blocks are not caused just by trauma, or even by normal wear and tear. All too often they’re the result of what the popular press calls “lifestyle choices” like choosing to eat unhealthy foods in large quantities. Like choosing to sit around and watch TV instead of getting up and being active. Like choosing to take pills as a short term remedy instead of getting regular chiropractic or other health care to eliminate the cause of your discomfort. The lifestyle choices we make every single day have a far greater impact on our overall health than any treatment offered by any health care professional. The catch in healthy choices are easy to make yet difficult maintain, we tend to avoid them until the damage to our health has gotten so great that we are forced either to seek treatment, change our ways, or both.
I have heard several people tell others that they were unlucky because they “caught” or “came down” with a certain disease or illness. Although there are always factors that we cannot control, such as genetics or toxins in our environment, chiropractic teaches us that we are not victims of disease that “attack” us. It teaches that health and disease come from within, and health is the natural result of life being fully expressed. This has lead me to believe strongly in the idea of responsibility. Not the kind that causes me to blame myself or feel guilty when I become sick, but one that allow me to recognize that I have choices to make and that what I choose can play a powerful role in the creation of my own health.
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White (1886-1973)
What lifesyle will you choose?
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville