Health is a state of complete physical, chemical and social (mental) well being, and not merely the absence of disease.
Dorland's Medical Dictionary
I hear a lot about wellness, but what does it really mean?
The word wellness has become a catch phrase that means different things to different people. To your chiropractor wellness is the state of health where your body is free of interruption or interference to any part of your nerve system, enabling you full expression and enjoyment of life. For example, how well you feel is not a dependable indicator of your actual health. Even if you feel youíre coping well with recurrent long-term and familiar aches and pains you are still overtaxing your body, resulting in a low overall wellness score.
My chiropractor treats my spine for back and neck problems, whatís that got to do with wellness?
Letís start at the beginning. First, itís your nervous system that determines how well you feel mentally, emotionally and physically. When your nervous system isnít up to par because of spinal problems it has to work overtime to compensate.
The effect of an overworked or stressed nervous system can be headache, fatigue, muscle ache and pain and a host of other unpleasant symptoms which can become more serious or lead to more complicated conditions as time passes. The solution can be a simple one: chiropractic care. Your chiropractor is a spinal specialist who can help you restore health to your spine. This will allow your nervous system to work at its best so you can get on with your life.
So you could say my chiropractor is a wellness specialist, right?
Right. Your chiropractor will discover any problems that are interfering with your nervous system and through hands-on healing will work with you to eliminate them. After chiropractic adjustment your body will be better able to heal itself. This, in turn, aids your body in maintaining optimum health and thus contributes to your overall wellness. So yes, in addition to relieving spinal back and neck pain your chiropractor is a wellness specialist.