A Note from Dr. Ouellette
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Why Wellness Risk Management?
Okay, a fair question. What I saw in the clinical field over many years helping people manage pain and Wellness,
was a stark need people had for help in managing and maintaining Wellness. This Wellness was connected to
individual therapeutic needs at that time. However, the observation was that there was a pattern that could be
identified. Needs were common and various failures were common.
When properly motivated people would do everything asked of them, 'when in
clinical crisis'. When healing occurred quickly due to people listening and doing what they were
asked, people were very happy, they healed quickly. But, they would fall back to their old ways and cycle
once again into crisis. The next commonality was that this repeated cycle was difficult to break.
What was happening at their homes was setting people up for a return to pain and
disability. There was a need for ongoing help, but in the Self-Help field. So, I returned to the books, anatomy,
physiology, nutrition and the sciences.
In Wellness Risk Management we are not dealing with things that
need to be proven but rather, we are dealing with things already proven and needing to be delivered. That is what
we at Wellness Risk Management are all about. One might say it is the delivery of compliance.
Standards for multidimensional Wellness have a long science history. Getting that
science into the community on a long-term REGULAR basis is one of our business goals. First
though, we need to know what a client’s individual goals and what their needs are. Our unique Wellness Risk
Measurement program accomplishes this. We put numbers to Wellness. After that measurement process, Wellness Risk
Management Workshops are offered. Workshops are where the real work takes place.
See a nice one page description of Wellness Risk
Management in pdf format.
Wellness is individual and personal. One person’s Wellness needs are not
necessarily another person’s Wellness needs in spite of commonalities. However, people fall into general categories
with regard to what they need. Nutrition and Exercise are common categories most
everyone knows about already.
Knowing and doing though, are two quite different things. Workshops are needed to
In addition to these two pillars there are three other pillars of
Back pain is the scourge of the human race. One cannot avoid the science
behind Spinal Health and also gain multi dimensional Wellness. We include spinal health because of the very
large costs to the community and workforce with regard to spinal issues, not to mention the tremendous emotional
costs associated with poor spinal health. In Canada, the low back pain-related estimate of the medical costs ranges
between 6 and 12 billion dollars
André E. Bussières, et. al. Spinal Manipulative
Therapy and Other Conservative Treatments for
Low Back Pain: A Guideline From the Canadian
Chiropractic Guideline Initiative, Journal of
Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics,
May 2018. Page 266 Citation number 23.
Up to 85 % of working people can expect to experience low back pain in
their lifetime. This is an astounding fact. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9762743
Rest & Relaxation
In addition to spinal Health, Rest & Relaxation, which includes sleep,
are very important to Wellness and cannot be ignored. Proper time for healing is a must. Proper time for winding
down is one key to a happy life.
Closing out the five pillars of Wellness which we
call Dr. Ouellette’s Five Pillars of Optimal Health
Secrets are Attitude & Perspective in life. We all need an outlook that is positive and uplifting. We
have to fight the negative animal instincts within us and continuously bring ourselves to the human thinking end of
behaviour. There is much science in this field.
Obtaining this overall Wellness in all five Pillars is a lifelong goal which requires
both measurement and management. We have that covered. It is just a matter of getting going at it.
In the process of measuring Wellness Risk, and putting numbers to Wellness, we
found a number of important clinical measures that can help various types of health care workers, including medical
doctors. We found it helpful to include a measurement for self-help pain relief as well.
As we have said, Wellness Risk Management workshops are where the work gets done.
We have five workshop subdivisions in our Wellness Risk Management model.
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