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The term “wellness” is becoming common and being used by many holistic care groups to describe the type of care they are offering. In an effort to better understand its definition, I looked it up in various dictionaries. Merriam Webster defines wellness as “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, I read, “Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind-body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being…In other words, wellness is a view of health that emphasizes the state of the entire being and its ongoing development.”
The ICPA recently sent out a survey to its members asking for the reasons why parents bring their children in for chiropractic care. The number one reason reported was “wellness.” Parents are recognizing the importance of chiropractic care and the significant role it plays in the family wellness lifestyle.
Let’s look more closely how your doctor of chiropractic contributes to your family wellness. Back to basic chiropractic science, the adjustment reduces nerve system stress and allows the body to function in a greater state of health. As the nerve system regains proper function, all systems of the body are improved. This is because the nerve system is the master control system of the entire body. It orchestrates and regulates all other body systems. There is no question that health in the body is dependent on a healthy nerve system function.
Additionally, doctors of chiropractic offer their patients lifestyle options that contribute to their well-being. Improved posture, suggestions for body movement and exercise significantly contribute towards our overall health by their affect on nerve system function. Awareness of chemical toxicities and their effect on the nerve system are another way that doctors of chiropractic guide their patients to a healthier lifestyle. Chiropractors have always offered these suggestions to their patients, even before other professions saw the importance of these factors in health. These physical components are vital components for healthy nerve system function and therefore well-being.
We also know that when our nerve system is healthier our minds function more efficiently as well. In chiropractic, our specific work with the nerve system has a significant effect on our ability to affect the way we think and behave. An overloaded, ill functioning nerve system cannot handle additional physical or emotional stress overload. Pathways has frequently published articles and testimonials supporting the positive effect the chiropractic adjustment has had on people’s thoughts and feelings. In one issue, a young boy diagnosed with ADHD said this to his mother about the adjustment, “it takes the noise out of my head.” How profound is his statement in realizing the direct correlation between nerve system function and the ability to think and feel clearly.