"A condition of optimum physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being- not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (Dorland's Medical Dictionary).
The body has been designed in a way that our nervous system controls and coordinates every single function that is necessary for life and health; our joints, muscles, heart, lungs, glands, and so on. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and wide array of peripheral nerves that course throughout our body.
The presence or absence of symptoms such as pain or weakness do not tell us whether we are healthy or not; they are the LAST thing to show up and the FIRST thing to leave. Only 15% of our nerves deal with pain; to be healthy, we must look at the other 85% as well. Science estimates that 50-70% of our cells are diseased or damaged BEFORE we ever observe a symptom. So being healthy has to do with how our body is functioning, not directly with how it's feeling.
The Doctor of Chiropractic is a licensed primary healthcare provider that increases health by restoring and maintaining optimal functional capacity of the human frame. The profession has been helping people for over 120 years. Chiropractic is an extremely safe, natural way of getting to the root CAUSE of a person's concern, not merely addressing the symptoms and leaving the underlying problem there. As our body functions better, we get healthier, and have less and less physical problems in life. Chiropractic alleviates symptoms by getting to the cause and further prevents unnecessary physical issues later in life. In other words, chiropractic is not just for pain relief, although this is a blessed consequence; chiropractic is good for us, much like eating our broccoli, and is a critical part to our healthy living practices.
The Doctor of Chiropractic is the only licensed healthcare professional in the world that is legally trained to detect and correct what is called subluxation. Science has dubbed subluxations as the silent killer because they long exist before we ever have a symptom. They are misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body that impede communication of the nervous system between brain and body. Research tells us that it takes the weight of a dime to impede the function of our nerves up to 60%. The sooner subluxations are found and corrected the less dysfunction and sickness our bodies incur.
Subluxations do not only come from physical causes, but from emotional and chemical stresses as well. Science tells us that an individual is subluxated every 7-10 days; that is why it is so important to get our spines and bodies checked regularly, much like we don't only brush our teeth when they hurt. Subluxations are detected and corrected specifically and gently, increasing the function and health of an individual, helping them to live with the optimum quality of health and life they deserve
General practitioners, internists, and surgeons provide what is called 'acute care' or 'sick care'. Sick care does not make us healthier; it makes us less sick. Medicine and surgery can be indicated, and certainly have their place, but should be utilized as a last resort, not the first. These practices address symptoms and sickness very well, but usually do not fix the CAUSE of those problems. A person feels better, but in most cases, they are not healthier; in many cases, they are less. The Doctor of Chiropractic is the only health care provider in the world trained with this salutogenic approach (health promotion) to clinical patient care.
Responsible practitioners network together, providing what is best for the patient. Chiropractic and medicine are as different as a carpenter and electrician working on the same house. Chiropractic increases a person's HEALTH; that is why the chiropractic profession is the only one which produces the immense financial savings in healthcare costs for the Employer; the healthier the workforce, the healthier the company.
Preventable costs to the Employer associated with absenteeism, presenteeism, worker’s compensation, hospital admissions, pharmaceuticals, opioid use, employee turnover rates, and more all come from symptoms that chiropractic care fixes safely and naturally. Some of these symptoms include: