“Whole”istic Care – A Different Perspective of Wellness

by Dr. Elizabeth Martell

Why Chiropractic?  What is it?  Is it only for neck & low back pain?  Many people believe chiropractic adjustments are meant to only assist in relieving neck or back pain.  Some people think of chiropractic for sports injuries.  Most people, however, don’t realize that chiropractic care is a great tool to utilize beyond these common issues.  Chiropractic care focuses on the central nervous system through correcting imbalances in the muscular and skeletal structures.  Our central nervous system, which is protected by the bones of the spine, control EVERY aspect of our bodies; EVERY organ function and EVERY movement.

So, what is HEALTH?  In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health with a phrase that is still used today. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  Medical News Today states, “In a person who experiences physical health, bodily functions are working at peak performance, due not only to a lack of disease, but also to regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate rest. We receive treatment, when necessary, to maintain the balance.” (www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150999.php)

Our daily lifestyles, including things such as physical activity/repetitive motions we do on a daily basis, diet/food consumption and external environmental influences, all have an effect on how our body will deal with the stresses it encounters.  However, if the nervous system is compromised through dysfunctional biomechanics (called subluxations), then the body can have a hard time recognizing the correct signals relayed between body systems.  When the body cannot regulate its systems properly, we begin to experience DIS-EASE!  And what is dis-ease…it’s a lack of ease!  But with regular (wellness) chiropractic care and good nutritional decisions, many people have noticed an improvement of different symptoms in addition to pain such as sinus & allergies, headaches, bursitis, asthma, stomach issues, cramps, colds and overall better ability to fight infections and increased immune function.

So how can chiropractic help keep you healthy?  Chiropractic treats spinal misalignments and removes nervous system interference by keeping the nervous system free from any interference through the correction of vertebral subluxations; misalignments of the bones of your spine which interfere with the communication of information between your brain and your body.  This simply allows the body to function optimally and its natural healing ability to be at its maximum…thus keeping resistance high and maintaining health more naturally.

What can cause a subluxation or spinal misalignment?  How do you know if you have one or more?  Well, the simple answer is, if you have a spine, and you move you most likely have them.  Repetitive movements over time, slips, falls, sports, accidents or injuries and even the birth process, may cause our spine to become subluxated.  Spinal misalignments, or subluxations, typically becomes evident to the naked eye when we examine our, or someone else’s, posture.  Because our bodies will adapt, the muscles that connect our bones to our skeletal system will accommodate and try and achieve balance.  We are adaptable beings, and as such, our bodies like homeostasis (the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes) and will strive to achieve that, until…

So, now you know the rest of the story!   Our office knows everyone is unique and we focus on each patient individually working with them to assist in achieving their wellness goals.  If you are interested in learning more about Chiropractic and how the ways it could benefit you or your employees specifically, feel free to contact our office.

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