Chiropractic does not look at health in terms of what it is not, but in terms of what it is. The World Health Organization defined health as “a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Chiropractors understand the intimate relationship of a healthy body to the nervous system, which of course includes the vertebral column. The nervous system controls everything in your body. All your cells, tissues, organs and systems get information from the nervous system and learn what they are to do and not to do based on that communication.
Since this is true, real health is about how well your nervous system can communicate with the rest of your body. That is why subluxations cause such big problems. Subluxations cause a block of communication. This blockage causes a variety of disease and illness.
It is amazing how many people come to a chiropractor with a spinal complaint, only to realize that chiropractic care has resolved not only their back pain , neck pain or leg pain (Sciatica) , but other issues as well. Reducing subluxations creates positive results through the entire body!
The medical model of health sees the body as a machine – a series of parts that need attention. That is why there are specialists – specialists deal with your parts.
- Cardiologist = Heart
- Gastroenterologist = Digestive system
- Urologist = Urinary tract
- Podiatrist = Feet
- Orthopedist = Bones
- Gynecologist = Female reproduction
- Neurologist = Nervous system
In order to “fix” the machine or “get rid of” disease, these specialists look to drugs to alter blood chemistry. In many instances this approach does not address the root of the problem.
Those that see the body as a whole are known as vitalists. A vitalist doesn’t see the body as just a sum of parts, but realizes that the body has an “innate intelligence” – an ability to heal and the desire to be whole and well. Chiropractors are vitalists, along with acupuncturists, homeopaths and naturopaths, among others.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to restore your body to balance so that it can perform at the optimal levels. We do not merely mask symptoms and declare health when the symptoms are gone. Instead, we look for the root cause of the problems and work to eliminate that root cause.
Generally speaking, chiropractors are both mechanists and vitalists, at least in respect to the following:
- Mechanist: Chiropractors pay attention to the mechanics of the spine.
- Vitalist: Chiropractors look at a blocked nervous system and how it affects the entire body, understanding that correcting the subluxation will allow the body to heal itself.
Most people have no idea what it feels like to be truly healthy. We may understand what it feels like to be free of illness or disease because most of us have experienced one or the other. The difference between having the flu and not having the flu is significant. We can definitely define what it feels like to not have the flu!
But what about true health? How does that feel?
Did you know that it is not natural to get sick and take medications? Did you know that having any kind of pains, aches or other complaints is not normal? Did you know that all the symptoms associated with aging do not have to exist? It’s true!
For over 100 years chiropractors have understood that the body heals itself. By correcting subluxations through spinal adjustments and other therapies, chiropractors can help the body heal itself and rid itself of illness and disease. Removing subluxations also allows you to feel more energetic, less stressful and more at peace.
Chiropractic allows true health to occur.