An innovative way to promote wellness
David and Colleen Barczyk have made spreading wellness in Acadiana their mission.
David is a practicing chiropractor who promotes a healthy musculoskeletal system, which is achieved through a healthy lifestyle, and his wife Colleen, is a swim coach who founded and continues to runs City of Lafayette Aquatics.
Colleen is a former chiropractor who uses swimming to help kids develop discipline and achieve their goals.
David encourages his patients to eat well and make healthy lifestyle choices to improve their overall health.
“What’s good for your musculoskeletal system also happens to be what’s good for your heart, your brain and your entire person,” said David. “Plus, the more fit you are in terms of musculoskeletal fitness, the less likely you are to get an injury that requires treatment.”
It’s no secret that the world we live in promotes lots of sitting.
Sitting at work desks, through meetings and on the couch scrolling through Facebook after work are a few of the sedentary activities most human adults do on a regular basis.
To counteract this David helps his patients to see the necessity of activity.
“I try to motivate people by asking them a few simple questions about their future. Do you want to be alive to play with your grandkids? Do you want a healthy relationship with your spouse?” said David. “I help people see why it’s important for them to do these things now because their choices will eventually dictate the way they live.”
Colleen’s focus on wellness in her profession stems from the necessity to stay healthy to be a good swimmer.
Colleen said, “I think if you’re a swim coach or you’re involved in swimming, it’s a full-time lifestyle choice. If you’re competing you use long term goal setting, which affects your outlook. You tend to eat better, get more rest and be healthier overall.”
As a former practicing chiropractor, Colleen is very aware of the intersections between swimming and chiropractic care.
Colleen said, “Chiropractic is a healthy lifestyle choice and swimming is great for joints and your cardiovascular system, so I think it’s natural for them to mesh together. Swimming is a full cardio and musculoskeletal workout and it’s a lifelong sport that you can enjoy until you’re 90.”
Although their professions differ, both David and Colleen place a huge emphasis on getting up and moving every day.
David said, “I tell most of my patients just to walk. I’m not trying to create a bunch of gym rats, because most of the evidence shows that all humans really need to do is walk around 30 to 45 minutes every day.”
For Colleen you can’t lose by staying active because the result is a more satisfying life.
Colleen said, “I think it’s a choice. If you decide to get up and move every day you’ll be healthier and live longer, you’re going to feel better at night and overall, and that’s what life is about.”