2014 is winding down and the Back in Line team has some exciting things planned for 2015. When Dr. Nate, Hannah and I met for our informal strategic planning meeting we came to the conclusion that our mission for 2015 was to MAKE BEING HEALTHY CONTAGIOUS among our patients. (such a novel concept...WE WANT OUR PATIENTS HEALTHY!!!) We feel a truly good physician DESIRES AND STRIVES AND ENCOURAGES our patients to be healthy and not rely on us for pain management and symptom relief. DON'T GET ME WRONG, we love what we do and we think as chiropractors, we are pretty good at identifying the problem and relieving the pain, but we don't want to be the all-natural band-aid to things that can be avoided with lifestyle medicine.
Hannah is completing her internship with us and begins full time in March after she graduates from Palmer College. She is also almost completed with her Pediatric Diplomate making her one of two individuals in the area with this degree of advanced training.
Dr. Nate has been busy with completing his ART (active release technique) full body certification as well as honing his skills in trigger point dry needling and muscle-ligamentous pain and derangement. Dr. Nate not only has his Master's degree in Sports Injury and Rehabilitation but also maintains specializations in lumbar disc pain management and functional movement screening.
One of the most exciting things we've already witnessed since we established our 2015 mission and vision is that IT'S ALREADY WORKING! Hannah hosted her first 21-day salad challenge presentation on Nov 20th to 30+ guests. Part of the "catch" to preparing, making, and EATING 21 days of one salad/day btw Thanksgiving and Xmas was that you had to post pictures on social media. WE WON'T LIE.... we wanted the PR ;) -- but more importantly, we wanted our friends participating to help spread the word about the affordability, ease, time saving ways that simple healthy meal prep can do not only for one's pocket book, mental sanity, and overall general health. IT HAS BEEN SOOOO AMAZING to hear the stories.... and we are literally on day 6! We have had so many people share with us that THEY ARE BEING ABLE TO BE HEALTHY CONTAGIOUS! They have inspired others to do the challenge with them, they have inspired others to try more salads, (eating more vegetables, try new healthy food), making better healthy decissions and more! Engaging our community and our patients family in their own personal health is the heart of what chiropractic and preventative healthcare is all about. What is even more exciting is that thus far 4 OTHER COMPANIES in the area have invited Hannah to present the 21-day challenge to their company and employees?! HOW EXCITING!! (kudos to Hannah on developing an easy-to-do HEALTH challenge) but the more exciting part is literally THE DEMAND THAT WE ALL WANT THIS FOR OURSELVES, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY.
As we approach 2015, we are very aware that our patient population has a large number or people on high deductible plans. It is a trend we see growing year after year. Deductibles ranging from $500-$8,000 per family member is something that is more common in our area. One of the founding platforms of Back in Line since 2009 is diligently striving to honor our patients time, health, and money. ALL 3 ARE equally important. When we have a growing portion of our population paying more of their own $$$ out of pocket for services and care they need, we feel it even more advantageous for our patients to work on prevention and lifestyle medicine.
We feel PREVENTION and Lifestyle medicine is the most economical and financially freeing investment everyone should consider. We do not believe prevention comes in a pill (supplement or medication) or shot either! Many things have convoluted disease PREVENTION. Prevention is not taking Tylenol before the fever starts, it is not taking a vaccine to prevent a disease.... TRUE prevention is LIFESTYLE MEDICINE. Working on balancing life, good hygiene, good sleep, balanced diet (no processed foods and sugars/fake sugars but real-wholesome-God-given-foods), healthy relationships, spiritual growth, and physical activity. We hear more often than not that it's too expensive to be healthy.... BLUNTLY, we OUTWARDLY disagree with that argument.... YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO BE HEALTHY. However, we acknowledge that it takes some tips, tricks, and sharing of HOW to make living healthy easy and affordable. WE PROMISE it's not rocket science but does take some time to change habits and begin thinking about how we can make modifications in our daily routines that make us, and our families happier and healthier.
What types of diseases can be put into remission or reversed with lifestyle medicine?
The irony behind lifestyle medicine -- IT'S 100X CHEAPER THAN MEDICATIONS and we witness a significant improvement in quality of life! (who cares if you live to be 100 years old and are on 20 medications and FEEL LIKE A ZOMBIE, CAN'T FUNCTION, AND CANNOT FEND FOR YOURSELF?) It's about the QUALITY OF LIFE! Maintaining what God gave you. With lifestyle medicine concepts are explored and implemented within a community we see significant cost reduction in total $$ spent over a lifetime. (and ironically, you don't and won't throw your back out or need a good-op-tune-up from us as often ;0)).
Please continue to join us throughout 2015 at our FREE workshops and events that engage our friends in positive ways on how to be happy and healthy! In June, BE SURE to attend our 21-juice/smoothie challenge... YES, a summer SPIN to Miss Hannah's 21-day salad challenge. Dr. Nate (our resident MEAT-HEAD) has some fun fitness challenges and workout classes too to help tie-in FITNESS and NUTRITION.
We look forward to MAKING HEALTH CONTAGIOUS IN 2015!!! WE HOPE YOU CATCH THE HEALTH BUG!
Back in Line BLOG
Drs. Nate, CJ, and Hannah will take turns sharing information they stumble across from certain research, publications, or may just post a quick healthy tidbit to keep you motivated to leading a happier, healthier lifestyle!