Alot of New Year's resolutions will be made soon and, just as soon, broken again.
The most common resolutions are, “I want to lose weight this year,” “I want to quit smoking,” and “I want to improve my health.”
The key to any long-term change is consistency. Almost all diets end in failure because they will end at some point and, when they do, the weight returns. To lose weight over a long period of time requires consistency in your approach.
There really is no secret formula for long-term weight loss. You need to decrease the number of calories you consume as well as increase the calorie burn. You must do these two things in a consistent way that you can stick with for the rest of your life.
Smoking or drinking are other bad habits that need a consistent approach to overcome. Many times, bad habits are our way of self-medicating to make life more bearable. Although we know these habits are bad for us, we turn to them to make life a little less stressful over the short term.
Improving our overall health and/or decreasing chronic pain are also worthy New Year’s resolutions. But sometimes coming up with a plan can be complicated. Many people loathe the handful of pain pills they take every day and wonder what damage such use is doing to their body over the long term.
Fortunately, there are some alternatives to aid in getting consistency back in our lives. For example, acupuncture with nutritional advice can go a long way to curbing appetite over the long haul and assist in controlling anxiety that can lead to overeating. Acupuncture is useful in spiking low energy levels to help increase activity and aid in calorie burn.
For smoking and drinking habits, acupuncture has been shown to decrease cravings as well as help moderate mood swings that encourage bad habits. Acupuncture can stimulate production of endorphins in the brain that contribute to calm and pain relief throughout the entire body.
Chronic spinal pain can often be managed utilizing the drug-less and non-surgical approach of chiropractic. Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors manipulate the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.
Chiropractic services are included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, Workers’ Compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.
Acupuncture is gaining wide acceptance and is included in many insurance plans today, including Anthem BC/BS, Workers’ Compensation, Medicaid plans, and veterans’ plans, among others.
Many doctors practicing Alternative Medicine offer a free initial consultation to discuss your health issues. Talk to your friends and family for a referral to one near you and start your new year right!
Dr. Schwan is available to speak to your group on a wide variety of Alternative Medicine topics, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, vitamins, etc. He is a graduate of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture & Palmer College of Chiropractic, and president of Schwan Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic in Toledo, Ohio. He is an author, lecturer, and one-time stand-up comedian. For more information on Alternative Medicine, please visit his website at www.acupuncturetoledo.com.❦