A Preventative Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle
Planning is an important part of keeping ourselves organized, but it's also a critical aspect to staying healthy. Simply reacting to the discomfort in your body could cause long term effects, rather than taking a proactive approach to promote optimal health.
Whether you use an app or a physical calendar, we can all agree that we need something to keep us organized. As you make room for various events and appointments in your busy schedule, keep in mind that your health should always be at the top of the list. Scheduling regular appointments with the right practitioners is an easy way to avoid healthcare procrastination. Delaying treatment for any reason could lead to a prolonged healing process and potentially aggravate existing conditions.
There are so many benefits to implementing a preventative approach to your health. Here are some strategic and practical ways to effectively support your well-being.
Your feet are vital to your body and actually help you to stay healthy. That’s why it’s important to have your feet checked by a Chiropodist at least once a year. A registered Chiropodist works with patients of all ages to help improve mobility, alleviate foot pain and improve overall quality of life. Early signs of neuropathy can be detected by a Chiropodist, and they can determine if your nerves are working properly to avoid pain or weakness in your feet.
There are also a variety of foot conditions that can be easily treated when discovered in the early stages. For example, you’ll have a better chance of getting rid of warts faster with early intervention. The same is true for ingrown toenails and foot fungus: it’s a lot less painful with early treatment.
REMINDER! As a general rule of thumb, you can replace your orthotics once a year. Any type of equipment performs it’s best when it’s brand new - and it’s the same with orthotics. With each step you take, your orthotics will slightly break down over time. Keeping them as current as possible is essential to reducing pain and discomfort.
It is possible to remain in optimal health under the care of a certified Physiotherapist. Common challenges, like back and neck pain, can be treated proactively with physiotherapy throughout the year. Seeing a Physiotherapist after you start to experience pain or discomfort can affect your ability to perform your daily activities.
Physiotherapy treatments are also effective for hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries at home. Therapists have the ability to personalize your treatments and use creative ways to help you achieve your health goals. For example, a therapist can show you how to use a towel or belt if a stretch band is not available. In addition to traditional treatment methods, Physiotherapists take a collaborative approach to your healthcare.
TIP! If you’re working from home, schedule an ergonomic home office assessment to help you set up a safe and functional space. Most extended health insurance programs cover ergonomic assessments provided by a registered Physiotherapist. Take advantage of your benefits each year to promote your personal health and productivity.
Muscle pain and headaches are just some of the many ways stress can affect your body. Massage Therapy is an effective and proven way to provide relief of aches and tension. Since stress is a natural part of life, you have to be intentional about keeping your muscles relaxed. While you can’t necessarily control the various stressors in your life, you can counteract the effects of them through regular massage appointments.
A registered massage therapist (RMT) can customize your massage to address your specific concerns and health goals. Each massage has varying levels of pressure and specific techniques that have tremendous benefits to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Take some time to learn more about the versatility and benefits of massage therapy to discover which method is best for your needs.
TIP! Schedule your massage therapy appointments at the beginning of the year based on your extended benefits allowance. It’s much more overwhelming to schedule appointments at the end of the year rather than spreading them out throughout the year.
There’s no time like the present to get organized. As this year quickly comes to an end, it’s a great time to be proactive and prioritize your healthcare.
Resist the urge to wait until you’re not feeling well to schedule an appointment with a healthcare practitioner. Pencil yourself in and be intentional about your health and well-being throughout the year. Get the help you need to achieve and maintain your healthcare goals.
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