We talk with Dr. Gabriel Lewis of Naturally Chiropractic, to find out how to keep your body healthy and balanced throughout the autumn months.
As the weather gets cooler we tend to retreat indoors and prepare for stormy weather, dark nights and short days.
But what if we turned it around and instead looked at autumn in a positive light, as a time to reset good habits and healthy vibes?
What role does chiropractic play in keeping healthy?
Chiropractic is a natural healthcare modality, focussing on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Chiropractors ensure the spine and pelvis are functioning well, enabling the nervous system to function optimally, and use a range of techniques to achieve these results. Techniques are adapted to meet the individual needs of each client.
How can a chiropractor assist with preparing for the cooler months?
I like to take an all-round, pro-active approach to health, rather than reactive. As a chiropractor, I analyse the spine for areas of dysfunction that could contribute to the nervous system underperforming. It’s the nervous system that controls every single function in the body, including the immune response, so it’s imperative
it’s always performing optimally.
Alongside their adjustments, I like to provide my customers with further tools to assist in staying healthy, including a focus on gut health, movement and a positive mindset. It’s much easier to stay prepared than it is to get prepared.
How does the work of a chiropractor supplement the work of other health professionals?
While chiropractors focus on the spine and the nervous system, health is multifaceted, with the needs of the body changing over time. This means you may need to see more than one provider and make lifestyle changes in order to achieve your health goals. For example, if you’re constantly in a high-stress environment, eating poorly and not moving your body as it should, your body will struggle to thrive.
What tips do you have for keeping healthy at home?
Posture – It’s important to be mindful of posture, especially in this day and age when technology is constantly all around us. Consider how long you’re spending looking at screens and using technology, and when unavoidable, ensure you’re providing your body with good ergonomic positioning to lessen the damaging effects. Poor posture is a form of trauma to the body and consistent micro traumas over time can lead to a greater problem. It’s much easier to take a proactive approach to the health of your spine.
“Be positively optimistic and try to educate, encourage or empower at least one person each day.”
Movement – Our bodies are designed to move, therefore we need to be doing some form of exercise most days of the week. Find something you enjoy doing and do it! If lifting weights in the gym isn’t your scene, then perhaps a beach walk is. The most important thing is that you’re moving your body.
Nourish – Nourish your body with good food, plenty of water and quality sleep. I do not believe in diets, rather I try and focus on eating whole foods. If it comes from nature, I eat it. If it was made in a factory then I try and avoid it.
Mindfulness – Maintain healthy relationships and try and focus more on the positives. Take time out of each day to do something that brings you joy – this will be different for everyone. The key is to make small, sustainable changes, that will then become a lifestyle.