Introduction to Wellness And Prevention

Wellness and prevention.

Many people know that chiropractic adjustments and therapies can help with physical pain and problems, but a large part of chiropractic care focuses on wellness and prevention. While they may seem like the same thing, wellness care and preventive care are different. It is important for us as chiropractors to make sure that you are feeling well and that we try to keep you from pain and injury as best we can. Chiropractors want to work with you to make sure, too, that you are involved in your care and know what steps you can take to keep yourself moving and feeling well.

Wellness Care

You don’t have to have a painful problem to visit a chiropractor. In fact, many people visit a chiropractor for wellness care to keep themselves moving, functioning and feeling well. Chiropractors can offer suggestions for what you can do to keep feeling well. For example, daily exercise is important and has many health-boosting effects besides helping you become physically fit—regular exercise can boost your immune system, give you “feel good” endorphins, and improve your muscle strength, heart and lungs. Nutrition is also an important part of your wellness care. Many chiropractors have experience in nutritional counseling and/or providing natural supplement recommendations for wellness.

Minimizing physical stress on your body will also encourage wellness. Whether you need help with posture, workstation setup or evaluating your exercise routine, talk with us about how everyday physical stress may be affecting you—we are happy to help!

Once you know what it feels like to have your muscles, bones and nerves functioning properly, you will want to continue feeling that way. A poll conducted in 2015 showed that 31% of chiropractic patients visited their chiropractor regularly even if they weren’t experiencing pain, and that 22% of chiropractic patients wanted to talk to a chiropractor about general health and wellness.

Preventive Care

Preventive care is very similar to wellness care; however, preventive care is more specific and goal-oriented. Most of the time, the goal of preventive chiropractic care is to maintain pain-free motion and keep pain from returning in a certain area (such as a repeat occurrence of lower back pain).

While chiropractors provide various modes of treatment aimed at preventing future pain and dysfunction, patients often participate in their own care. Chiropractors offer patients education and support to help them care for themselves between treatment visits.

If you have been following a preventive care program and schedule (which depends on your condition and lifestyle), your body will be tuned to heal naturally and recover from injury more quickly. Of course, your chiropractor will discuss your lifestyle/habits and goals for treatment before creating a preventive care plan with you. This preventive program can come only after your chiropractor has addressed any pain or functional problems you may currently have to create a solid foundation of health upon which to build.

Keeping your spinal health, and therefore the health of your nervous system, in good shape is a great investment in your overall health and wellness. Whether you have suffered an injury or painful condition or want to keep yourself moving and feeling well, chiropractic care can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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