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Health is More Than the Absence of Disease

Many people have an opinion on what it means to be healthy. Medical and alternative care providers, drug companies, the media, and athletic clubs are all putting out differing messages about what health is or is not. What is certain, however, is that health is an on-going process, a goal to be worked toward everyday.

Health is more than simply the absence of disease. According to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, health is a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. In other words, health is not simply how a person feels, but how the person functions as a whole and is able to adapt to an ever-changing environment.




Between Health and Disease

Disease is a name given to a condition for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. There is, however, a state between health and disease when a person is not at optimum health and function, but does not yet have signs of pathology or full-blown illness, either. Chiropractors call that state of malfunction “dis-ease.”

To illustrate, think of the middle-aged man who goes to his doctor for a routine physical. Much to his surprise, during the examination he is found to have high blood pressure. There is, as well, a correlation of high blood pressure with atherosclerosis and increased risk of heart disease. Having now been diagnosed, he may be recommended a course of treatment for the high blood pressure and other possible complications. This example, among others, can be used to demonstrate how the body can exist for long periods of time, even years, in a state of dis-ease, having no pain or symptoms.

When our bodies are functioning at peak performance we are not as vulnerable and are able to ward-off illness; this is true health. When the body is in a state of dis-ease, it is not able to adapt to the ever-changing environment. This makes the body more susceptible to illness, injury, and to developing disease.

Vertebral subluxation complex can cause dis-ease. Chiropractors believe that it makes sense to restore normal function to the body during dis-ease, rather than wait and have to treat more serious diseases later. Chiropractic focuses on body function as a whole, not just the symptoms that a patient may have. It is very easy to mask and ignore symptoms and the underlying problems causing them; this is what many medications and other treatments tend to do. A chiropractor’s goal is to keep the body functioning at its optimum potential.




Are Chiropractors Concerned about symptoms?

Chiropractors are concerned. However, they realize that symptoms are not the true problem, but are simply indicators that there may be more serious underlying conditions or causes that may explain what a patient is feeling. There are countless conditions that don’t have any symptoms at all, but they still exist. Many chronic diseases take years, even decades, before they lead to symptoms. The time to be concerned with your health is now, before symptoms and disease conditions have the chance to develop.



What is True Health to You?

You may choose to treat disease with cycles of sickness and crisis intervention, or you may choose to keep your body functioning and developing at its optimum potential throughout life, and help prevent dis-ease from manifesting. This is the difference between health-care and disease-care. Consult with your doctor of Chiropractic today about a healthcare plan that is right for you and your family.




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