How to Measure Health and What is the Wellness Score?
We believe that you need a sickness care doctor, i.e. your primary care doctor, and a wellness care doctor. The more you go to the wellness care doctor, the less you’ll probably need the sickness care doctor. So how do we, as your wellness doctors, measure your wellness? You can’t simply say it’s when you feel good because we all know someone who felt fine one day and dropped dead the next of a heart attack; or the women who felt fine today but was diagnosed with breast cancer the next. Lack of symptoms or feeling good is not an effective barometer to measure your health. That’s where the WELLNESS SCORE comes in. This is a scoring system developed to track and measure your physiology and function. It actually gives you a grade, A thru F. We measure what we call biomarkers of health. When we do a wellness score on you we look at various biomarkers of health. Below are a few samples of the biomarkers we measure at Radiant Life Chiropractic:
NERVE AND MUSCLE ASSESSMENT
We utilize non-invasive infrared and surface EMG technology to determine the level of function in the nervous and muscular systems. This will show us how well your brain and body are communicating and how efficiently your postural muscles are working.
You live your life through your nervous system, and your posture tell us exactly what it going on with your spine and nerve system. We take digital photos of you from the front and side and use software to analyze them. A picture truly is worth 1,000 words.
CORE STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY
We’ll measure 8 different ways to test the strength and flexibility of your core muscles. We sit too much, and it’s taking its toll on our bodies.
BODY FAT %
An important determiner of how well we age is how fat we get. Even if the scale isn’t changing, often our body composition is changing. And since one pound of muscle burns 3 times as many calories as one pound of fat, yet takes up half the space on your body, knowing your percentage of body fat is crucial to knowing how WELL you are.
HEART RATE VARIABILITY
As chiropractors we work with your spine and nerve system to optimize your health, so it is very practical for us to be able to measure your nerve system. Our heart rate variability test does just that and tells us how well your nerve system is adapting to your environment.
LOW-DOSE DIGITAL X-RAY
In addition to understanding how your nervous system is functioning, it is important to know the structure of your spine. There is a saying, “to see is to know and to not see is to guess,” and we will never guess with someone’s health. If appropriate, we will take on-site images of your spine. By understanding your body’s level of function and the structure of your spine, we can offer people the best, most specific care.