How do we measure health and what is a Wellness Score?
We believe that you need a sickness care doctor, i.e. your primary care doctor, and a wellness care doctor, i.e. an 8 Weeks to Wellness doctor. The more you go to the wellness care doctor the less you’ll 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 that may be measured at your 8WW office.
BODY MASS INDEX
It’s a height and weight chart. Yours needs to be below 30 and if it isn’t you have exponentially increased your risk factor for the 3 biggest killers of Americans, heart disease, cancer and obesity related conditions such as diabetes.
You live your life thru your nervous system and your posture tell us exactly what it going on with your spine and nerve system. We take a digital photo and you from the front and side. A picture is worth a 1000 words.
CORE STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY
We’ll measure 8 different ways to test your strength and flexibility of your core muscles. We sit too much and it’s taking its toll on our bodies.
BODY FAT %
The single best 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.
The average person on 8 Weeks to Wellness:
- Lost 15 lbs. and went from 203 lbs. to 188 lbs.
- Lost 4 inches off their waist
- Lost 2.5 inches off their hips
- Decreased Blood Pressure from 130/82 to 121/75
- Lost 6 lbs. of fat.
- Decreased BMI from 33 to 30..
- Decreased Fasting Insulin Levels 30%
- Decreased Cholesterol 20 points
- Decreased Triglycerides 20 points
- Decreased Bad LDL Cholesterol 15 points
- Increased Health Satisfaction Score by 33%
- Decreased Symptoms by 55%