Quality of life is a multidimensional experience of satisfaction with your life and overall wellbeing based on how you make meaning of your experiences.
This does not mean that we experience an idealized version of ‘perfect health’ or a ‘perfect life.’ We have human experiences and change thanks to them. We change when the seasons change. We change when we go through the cycles of life. Developing, maturing, and aging seem like they should be easy, natural processes, but modern life makes these cycles harder than they need to be.
I support restoring some grace to these natural movements of human experience by bolstering the basics:
Pain is a pivot point, because it is difficult to ignore. I believe that pain can be a locus of inquiry and a portal into human consciousness. If one is willing, it offers an opportunity to heal on many levels. It can lead to personal growth and new habits that improve overall wellness. My treatments for pain include acute and chronic conditions.
I tore my right knee up years ago and went through 2 months of rehab. When that didn’t work they operated and followed it with another 6 months of rehab. So when I twisted my left knee a few years back, I was pretty sure I was in for a similar ride. Dr. Gregg said, “Let’s try some acupuncture.” I’m a bit of a wuss around needles but Dr. Gregg is so good with them that they really didn’t hurt. After a dozen sessions or so, over a 30-day period, my knee was back to normal. Surgery and eight months of constant pain versus a month of tiny needles? I’ll take the needles.