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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jordan Quint

Happiness is Important to your Health

In today’s world, we are all looking for ways to become healthier individuals. It’s important to know that happiness plays an integral role in facilitating your health. The outline below provides helpful ways to ensure that you remain on the road for optimised health and happiness.

Making The Connection

Health & Happiness… There are numerous research studies which indicate a connection between health and happiness. For example, Harvard’s School of Public Health notes that anxiety and sadness can adversely impact the body’s health in reference to colds, heart disease and infections.

In recognizing the role that happiness plays in optimizing health, you may be interested in learning how to foster a mental state marked by joy, peace, self-acceptance and/or positivity. There are hundreds of strategies that you can employ to realize this objective. A few of which include:

  1. Meditation: One of the most powerful strategies you can employ to positively alter your mindset so you can become a healthier, happier person. Regular meditation will facilitate numerous other health-boosting outcomes which can promote happiness by ensuring that the body functions more optimally. Examples include enhanced functioning of the respiratory and circulatory systems.

  2. Exercise: In addition to meditating regularly, make sure consistently exercise, whether it be walking, running, lifting weights, group fitness classes, dancing or other forms. This strategy is important because physical activity causes the body to release a chemical called serotonin, which is known as the “happy hormone.” Serotonin plays an integral role in facilitating a feeling of peace and calm.

Take Care of your Body with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care consists of three distinct stages of treatment; Relief Care, Corrective Care and Maintenance Care.

Relief Care provides initial, temporary alleviation of your symptoms or pain. This typically occurs when inflammation is decreased and joint function restored through a spinal adjustment. Relief care can be temporary if the underlying cause is not addressed. In many cases there is trauma to the soft tissue which requires healing and strengthening. Faulty muscle patterns consisting of weak or overly tight muscles also need to be addressed for lasting results. These conditions are often due to poor posture, repetitive use or micro-trauma.

Corrective Care takes longer because it addresses the trauma and faulty muscle patterns described above. Some considerations in the length of this treatment are the condition and integrity of the spinal column, the age and physical condition of the patient, the severity of the injury and the duration of the problem. Corrective care often includes rehabilitative exercises and soft tissue therapies in addition to spinal adjustments.

Maintenance Care is the final stage that ensures that the integrity of the spine is being sustained and supported. Because day to day activities put biomechanical strain on our bodies, we must continue to monitor the health and condition of your spine through periodic evaluations. Regular chiropractic adjustments will help insure you are living at your optimum level of health and function.

The benefits of maintenance care are that minor misalignments can be detected before they become symptomatic or well-established. Maintenance chiropractic care allows for improved posture, enhanced function, better athletic performance, reduced injuries and an overall enjoyable pain-free lifestyle. This type of preventative or wellness care can also save time and money by keeping minor problems from becoming more serious.

If you’re serious about leading the best life possible, know that optimizing your health will play a key role in helping you accomplish the desired outcome. Utilize the information and advice outlined in this article, or give us a call to learn more about how to enhance your level of happiness, so that you can become an increasingly healthy individual!

Art of Life Chiropractic hosts Yoga by Julie Smith in our office every Tuesday morning. If you’re interested in more information in this semi-private class, please call our office, 615-819-0587.

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