What is Balanced Health?
Most of us have heard that we should get regular exercise and eat a balanced diet: Lose the weight, stay in shape, and eat our vegetables, etc., etc. It’s good advice to take care of our body, but is this balanced health? Not entirely. A balanced lifestyle not only focuses on our physical and nutritional health (healthy food, exercise, sleep), it recognizes the Mental/Emotional, Social, and Spirituals needs and their impact on our overall health.
5 Key Components to Balanced Health
Mental-Emotional health relates to how we feel, and how our emotional needs are met. It deals with how we are satisfied mentally. Continuously learning, being aware of our emotions, and having a positive outlook on life helps our emotional, mental health.
Social health has to do with our relationships. As relational beings, we need to connect with others and create companionship. Dysfunctional and unresolved conflict in our existing relationships, dealing with loneliness, and lack of community are some things that can affect social health.
Physical health focuses on our physical fitness and the condition of our physical body. Getting adequate rest, having a healthy environment and living space, and taking proper care of injuries are some examples of taking care of physical health.
Chemical health is what we put in and on our bodies, as well as how our body reacts to substances. This includes our nutrition, being aware of allergies and food intolerances, as well as reducing the use of harmful substances (alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and certain pharmaceutical chemicals.
Spiritual health deals with our connection to our values and actions, and a sense of greater purpose. It is time spent in reflection on our values and spiritual relationships. Engaging in prayer, quiet time, and connection with God gives a sense of direction, harmony, and peace in our lives.
By balancing these five areas of our overall health, we can achieve a healthy balanced lifestyle, but letting any one of the areas slide can negatively impact the rest of your health! Someone who struggles with being out of shape or obesity may have social insecurities related to their weight or appearance, find themselves with less energy to physical activities, and are 25% more susceptible to mood disorders such as depression (Everyday Health). Those who struggle with emotional, mental depression suffer in their physical health due to lack of appetite and a lack of desire to take care of themselves. They also will suffer in their social health as they isolate themselves from others. Without spiritual purpose or direction, life can feel like chaos, leading to addictions, not eating well, and emotional volatility.
On the other hand, working on any area of our health helps the other three components as well. Working out creates chemicals called endorphins that make us feel happy, and it creates the discipline that gives us a sense of accomplishment. Spending quality time with friends allows us to physically and mentally relax from the stresses of work and life. Having trust in God and taking quite time to reflect on Him takes off the emotional and mental pressure to have all the answers, and can even provide community through religious gatherings.
Here at the Alpha Spine Center, we know how wellness goes beyond the physical care we provide, and our doctors are always willing to address the emotional, social, and spiritual impacts on your health. It is important for us to bring awareness to these different areas of overall health so that you can continue to live a healthy balanced lifestyle and retake charge of your life as we help you with all of your spinal health needs.
Thompson, Dennis. “Depression and Obesity.” EverydayHealth.com, Everyday Health, 15 July 2011, www.everydayhealth.com/depression/depression-and-obesity.aspx.
“Wellness: Seven Dimensions of Wellness.” Wellness: Seven Dimensions of Wellness, University of California, Riverside, wellness.ucr.edu/seven_dimensions.html.
Teenage years are the best years of your life, filled with future hopes, dreams and aspirations. These are the times when you are motivated to conquer the world. Imagine being 18 years of age and your life gets put on hold and all your vivacious hopes, dreams and future aspirations are taken away from you with a blink of an eye.
On a beautiful spring day of May 2015 K.D. experienced a significant loss in life: the optimal functioning of her body. That day, K.D. couldn’t move the entire right side of her body, the words coming out of her mouth were slurred, her vision began to blur, she had a major migraine with TMJ pain. After a few more episodes, she sought help. She saw stroke specialists, neurologists, heart doctors, physical, occupational and speech therapists, she had taken medications but nothing helped. Unfortunately, she had to drop out of college and move in with her parents as she could no longer read, write, type, speak or take care of herself. Three months had passed, with no resolution and 70 migraine episodes that lasted days or weeks with $200, 000 in medical expenses.
On August 28th of 2015 her parents drove 60 miles (2 hours) from McDonough, GA to Alpha Spine Center, with a gleam of hope and a diagnosis of a complex-stroke migraine or hemiplegic migraine and conversion disorder.
K.D. presented into the office on a wheelchair desperately waiting for a solution to her debilitating state. During the consultation, it was daunting to see her struggle as she tried to express herself through the process. Dr. Salminen performed a thorough examination on K.D. and determined that she was a perfect candidate for NUCCA care. It brought her joy and tears in her eyes, as she was relieved that there was a cause and solution for her stroke-like migraines. Dr. Salminen gently carried K.D. from her wheelchair and placed her onto the adjusting table. Moments after the adjustment K.D. clearly, uttered the words “I am better”, and sat herself up. She could finally feel the right side of her body move!
After a couple of months of NUCCA care with Dr. Salminen, K.D.’s excitement returned as her hopes and dreams evolved again. She returned to college, as she could read, write, type and speak again. The motor control of the right side of her body increased with precision. This allowed her to drive and start working again. K.D. gained her life back; she didn’t have to wonder whether she’ll have the opportunity graduate college or get a professional job or even get married.
K.D’s migraines were debilitating! It put her life on hold. If you know anyone experiencing one of the above types of migraines, please get them in immediately at the Alpha Spine Center to be evaluated on whether they are a candidate for NUCCA care.
Migraine Facts. Migraine Research Foundation. http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/.
The Migraine – Stroke Connection. Lee, Mi Ji; Lee, Chungbin; Chung, Chin-Sang. Journal of Stroke. Vol 18(2); 2016