It’s time to put your health first

By Sandra Genest-Boudreau and Christophe O. Alves [email protected]

Sandra Genest-Boudreau is French-Canadian, who graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1990 before coming to the Algarve in 2002. She spent 10 years in a house practice in Québec city and two years in Vancouver. She is passionate about adjusting all her patients, particularly children.

Christophe Alves graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) UK, and has a special interest in Sport Chiropractic.

The winter holiday season is here already. After going through a stressful year, we all deserve a little bit of relaxation time.

Life is beautiful but it can also be full of pressure, stress and challenges. Not having a job, worrying about your job security or being overworked creates a lot of stress.

That stress is not always only psychological but can also manifest itself physically. We live our emotions in our bodies so of course our health is affected by too much to deal with.

The same is true when we are well; our body is much more resistant and we feel the energy to bring projects to term and to take on challenges. Health truly is our most precious gift.

Most worries about paying bills, finding a good job or keeping one have a direct impact on our lives. A lot of our precious time is spent thinking and worrying about it. Physically, it influences the way our nervous system works which affects our reaction and adaption to day to day situations.

Too often, a common mistake people make is to start neglecting their health. They end up putting their own well being in second place due to their life’s circumstances.

When a health problem appears, it changes drastically our priorities; what once seemed important becomes irrelevant when our health status is affected.

It can go from a simple back ache, a disk herniation, a high blood pressure problem to a more serious health problem which can affect our life greatly.

Up to 90% of health conditions are preventable or reversible naturally if we make the right choices.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Taking care of ourselves in times of crisis is allowing our body to be our allies, and to decrease the level of stress that affects it. When running for a marathon it is better to be well prepared, injury free (within health), and avoid carrying extra weight (stress). The chances of success will be much greater.

A majority of patients report that getting their spine adjusted is helping them cope with the amount of stress they are going through.

Chiropractic care, by working directly with the nervous system is a major tool in preventing and improving our health status. It helps in reducing tension in your body helping it return to a more balanced state.

Much research throughout the world have shown that regular Chiropractic care help build up your immune systems (defense) and decrease stress level, making it one of the primary approaches for people interested in keeping well.

Great health is, for most people, simple and accessible. Your healthy habits like drinking lots of water, exercising regularly and getting your spine adjusted will help you combat the dreaded stress effects on your body.

So, put your health first in your New Year’s resolution and have a great and healthy holiday season.

Dr Sandra and Dr Christophe can be contacted at [email protected] or telephone 282 312 853, 969 397 375 or 913 696 370. Alternatively, visit the Algarve Quiroprática at  Quinta das Fontainhas along the EN125 in Pêra