Welcome to 8 Weeks to Wellness®.
8 Weeks to Wellness® will change the face of healthcare in America by taking the focus off of sickness care and placing it on wellness care.
8 Weeks to Wellness® is a comprehensive wellness program. 8 Weeks to Wellness® will optimize what you think about, how you eat and supplement, and how you exercise and care for your body through a specific, comprehensive 8-week program.
Back to Health of Anthem is the only 8 Weeks to Wellness center in the state of Arizona. Its hard to describe just how this life changing program can affect each person, so check out the short video and learn what 8WW can do for you or your loved ones.
Let's take a closer look at your health. It is getting to the point in the U.S. that we all need a sickness care doctor, i.e. your primary care doctor, and a wellness care doctor, i.e. US! The more you go to the wellness care doctor the less you’ll need the sick care doctor.
So how do we, your wellness doctor, 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 no way to measure wellness!
We measure wellness by what we call your Wellness Score. This is a scoring system that can track and measure your physiology and function. We measure what we call "biomarkers of health". When we do your wellness score we look at these numerous biomarkers of health and actually give you a grade, A - F.
WHAT WE SCORE & WHY
.** THIS IS JUST A SAMPLING OF WHAT WE MEASURE WITH YOUR WELLNESS SCORE. IF IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 3 MONTHS OR LONGER SINCE YOU’VE BEEN IN OR IF YOU’VE NEVER HAD THIS WELLNESS SCORE DONE, PLEASE SCHEDULE IT TODAY. OUR COST TO YOU IS $35 (NOT INCLUDING XRAYS & LAB FEES). THIS FEE IS GOOD FOR YOU OR ANY FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND. PLEASE SCHEDULE TODAY BY CALLING US AT 623-551-6677, SO THAT WE CAN LET YOU KNOW JUST HOW WELL YOU ARE.
You may have heard the term Osteoarthritis? Maybe you heard Degenerative Joint Disease or even someone told you that you had a slipped disc? These are just several of the names you may have been told from various providers as to why you have pain in the neck, back pain or even sciatica. Let's first talk about what causes spinal degeneration and then we can discuss the best way to treat it.
What is a Subluxation?
Subluxations are defined as a functional, structural and pathological change that will compromise integrative of the spine which can then lead to problems with the way organ systems function and overall health. So, you can see why subluxations are so important to identify and treat. Subluxations cause nerve interference and when his happens the changes that take place are referred to as “subluxation degeneration”.
Normal spines have a natural curvature to them that helps to act as a shock absorber. When you have a normal spine there are no subluxations and everything is functioning as it should. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 1
The first phase means that your spine has lost its normal balance. This could mean that the normal curves in your spine have been lost and this can impact the nerves. Also, your joints, discs, nerves and posture may be stressed as a result of this in conjunction with your age. You may experience only slight discomfort in this stage, but you may also notice a decrease in your energy and even loss in height. The best treatment for this phase is a spinal adjustment. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 2
This stage is marked by disc narrowing and bone spurs, and your postural changes might be a lot worse. This is a fairly common condition by age 40. This is also the stage where spinal canal narrowing, also called stenosis may start to occur. You will have aches and pains in this phase, fatigue and a decreased ability to deal with stress. If you’re in this phase it is possible for chiropractic care to make a significant improvement. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 3
There are a lot more postural imbalances in this phase, as well as increased nerve damage and even permanent scar tissue and advance bone deformation. You will notice a loss of energy in this phase as well as possible physical weakness. Chiropractic care may be able to reverse some of the damage being done in this phase, so go see your chiropractor. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 4
This is the most advance stage. You will notice limited range of motion here as well as postural imbalances. The nerve damage can be quite severe and the scar tissue is formed while the bones may begin to fuse together. There is a lot of pain in this stage and a continued loss of energy. The conditions associated with this phase are considered to be irreversible, but chiropractic care can help to give some relief of symptoms. (not pictured below)
Most people can be assessed using a “Proper Chiropractic X-ray Evaluation.” (have you had one lately?) With this, someone can see if they have spinal degeneration and if so what stage they are in and discuss possible treatment option. Remember, the ultimate rigidity is called “Rigor Mortis”. Life is motion and motion is movement. Posture, movement and alignment are critical to your quality of life. If you have been suffering with pain and are not sure what to do next.... give us a call at 623.551.6677 or check out our website: www.myanthemhealth.com
Your in Better Health....
Dr Brian Hester
Back to Health of Anthem
What do you weigh? If you’re like most Americans, you know because you just checked it sometime in the past few days. Do you know your body composition, or your body mass index (BMI)? Chances are, you’re not sure. Your doctor may have told you what your BMI was the last time you met with him or her, but you didn’t pay much attention. If you do know your body composition, it’s likely because you had it measured by a health and fitness professional who spent some time explaining where you’re at and what it means.
Body Comp vs. BMI
Body mass index has been used for identifying whether an individual is overweight since the 1800s. It became popular in the United States in 1980. BMI is intended to identify whether someone’s weight is appropriate for his or her height. It’s calculated by taking your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. Across a large population, using some kind of height/weight measurement, which is what BMI is, can do a reasonable job of estimating if a population is becoming more overweight. Most of the statistics we read about Americans continuing to become more overweight are based on BMI data. In a clinical setting, many physicians rely on BMI with their patients. However, without understanding what makes up an individual’s body weight, it is difficult to coach someone about whether they need to gain or lose body fat.
One scenario where BMI is not valuable is for those who are often called “skinny fat.” We often see this in people who followed very low-calorie diets to lose weight. Though they lost weight according to the scale, they often lost significant amounts of lean mass, or muscle tissue, along with losing some body fat. As a result, their body fat percentage would still be quite high, even though they looked thin in street clothes. Their BMI might suggest they are at an appropriate weight, but a check of their body fat percentage would say otherwise. It’s important for skinny-fat individuals to adopt a solid resistance training program, get plenty of protein in their diet, and focus on quality foods rather than counting calories.
At the other end of the spectrum from the skinny-fat individual, you’ll find the muscle-bound athlete. In this case, individuals carry a significant amount of muscle tissue, yet have very little body fat. Think of the sprinters you see in the Summer Olympics. According to BMI standards, these athletes are considered obese, yet no one would tell them to lose weight. Although they have high BMIs, their body fat levels are clearly below what would be considered risky. BMI to this group is also irrelevant. The average, out-of-shape, sedentary individual who has a high BMI also has a high body fat percentage, but it isn’t always the case. Even though BMI can work to provide insight on a large population of average people, on an individual basis, it’s really quite useless.
Body Fat Percentage
The real risk for an individual is how much body fat he or she has. Though many people think of their fat tissue as little storage places for excess calories, fat tissue is actually an endocrine organ, meaning it secretes hormones of its own. The more fat one has, the more of these unhealthy hormones may be secreted. Visceral fat, or belly fat, is the worst, and is becoming more and more common in both men and women. Belly fat is difficult to measure with skin fold calipers because the fat tissue is found under the abdominal muscles. If you have a lot of belly fat, you may have a hard time “pinching an inch” from your stomach, yet your stomach is quite distended. Caliper measurement is quick, easy and cost-effective — but it's not the most accurate. That's where BIA testing comes in.
What is bioelectrical impedance?
Bioelectrical impedance (BIA) is not new. This method for measuring BIA was discovered in the 1960s, though early equipment proved to be inaccurate. BIA is a form of body composition measurement in which a very small current is sent through your hands and feet. Water, fat, muscle and other tissues create varying resistance to the electrical impulse, which the InBody uses to determine the amounts of fat, muscle and water found in an individual’s body.
Losing the Right Kind of Weight
Here are a few principles for healthy body fat loss that you should remember:
1. Fat loss is good, muscle loss is bad. Low-calorie diets often result in a loss of lean body mass, or muscle, along with some fat loss. Ideally, a routine should be designed to maintain, or even increase, lean body mass while lowering body fat levels. Resistance training and some cardiovascular exercise help, but nutrition is critical. To maintain muscle while losing fat, focus on eating protein with each meal and getting most of your carbohydrates through non-starchy vegetables. Higher-protein, moderate- or reduced-carbohydrate, and moderate-fat diets consistently outperform low-fat diets for modifying body composition.
2. Focus on how you look, not what you weigh. It’s easy to get hung up on the scale. Kick the habit of weighing in each day and step on the scale just once a week, ideally at the same time of day each time. We’re often told people shouldn’t lose more than 1 or 2 pounds of weight per week, but time and again we find that when people clean up their diet and start exercising right, they may lose much more than that. For those with 50 pounds or more to lose, don’t be surprised if much more weight comes off in the beginning. If you’re doing things right, most of it will be fat and water and you’ll maintain most of your muscle tissue. Check the mirror and your belt to measure your success more often than you check the scale.
3. Fat doesn’t just look bad, it IS bad. Extra fat isn’t just an issue of aesthetics. It really can impact your long-term health. Fat releases many inflammatory compounds into the body. If you haven’t convinced yourself or a close family member about how important it is to get body fat levels down to a healthy range, now is the time to make a change.
Give our office a call at 623-551-6677 so we can schedule a time to do your BIA test. Its the only way to know if you're aging gracefully because as we age we don't want to lose lean muscle tissue.
Yours in better health.....
Dr Brian Hester
Rather than writing what MyZone is and what it does for you, I figured I would save you all the reading this week and give you a short video and graphic. It's cutting edge technology we use to keep people motivated and track their progress when it comes to setting and achieving their fitness goals. Watch this short video to explain how it works...
Why choose Back To Health of Anthem for your massage?
Many people feel that “Getting a Massage” is a luxury… Something for vacations, gifts or special occasions. We say…NOT SO!! At Back To Health of Anthem, we feel that our massage therapy program is an integral and necessary part of our clients success. Combined with Chiropractic care, Functional Training and Nutrition Advice…Massage is a critical piece of our care programs. Going beyond the basic concept of “Massage feels Good”. At Back to Health, we are focused on creating a client-centered, goal driven…massage experience…That provides EASE, FACILITATES movement, and aids in FUNCTIONAL CHANGE.
Here is what you will experience at Back To Health of Anthem:
1) Client Centered - Our Therapists are going to take the time to find out what YOU would like to experience in your massage: Whether it be for Stress Reduction, Reduced muscle spasm/soreness, Workout recovery, Injury recovery or more. THAT is where we will focus our attention in your massage session. Remember, YOUR massage session…is all about YOU.
2) Goal Driven – Utilizing your goals , our experienced therapists will utilize a combination of massage modalities and techniques to help achieve the results you desire. Each therapist will also provide knowledgeable feedback on how to maximize your post-massage results and continue to feel better.
We focus on a three step process in order to help achieve and complete these goals:
Our goal is to help you feel Better…for Longer!! Our Goal is to help you get back to the Active, Painfree lifestyle you seek and DESERVE!!
In order to give you an excellent opportunity to have that massage experience…we would like to offer you an introductory 1 Hour Massage for just $50.00. Give us a call and lets pick a time for you.......623-551-6677
Relax, Recover, Rejuvenate…Let our massage team at Back To Health craft the perfect massage for your needs.
Dr. Courtney Knight is a recent Doctor of Chiropractic graduate of National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Go Blue! Dr. Knight was born and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan where her sense of community and wellness drove her to pursue a career in the holistic health field. She saw the inconsistency in what society was being told was "healthy" and desired the research on how to truly correct one's diet to fuel their body rather than feed cravings. Dr. Knight focused her studies on the anti-inflammatory diet, discovering that our bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation due to the food we are eating which in turn, is the underlying cause of so many diseases plaguing our world today.... see more
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
CONTACT & LOCATION
41930 N Venture Dr #110
Anthem, AZ 85086