We often ask this question to our patients, and most commonly the response is, “Not hurting anywhere” or “No symptoms”. A point needs to be made concerning this question. A life lead by the absence/presence of symptoms is a life destined to caught off guard. Think about this, did someone who went to their Doctor and was told they had cancer all of the sudden develop the cancer that morning or the previous day? Of course not, it took time for their body to lose its ability to fight off the cancerous environment before giving way to the infection. We don’t just all of the sudden develop a cold, or flu, or even cancer. Chances are we have had it for a long enough time that our body was overwhelmed due to it not being able to cope with the stressor.
If you look the definition of HEALTH, you will see it stated as, “A state of physical, mental, and social well-being.” Let’s take that definition even further. HEALTH can be looked at as all systems within the body are working at such a high level of function that it will be able to cope with or defend against any foreign invader or stressor it comes up against. Sadly, typical human nature displays we only care about our HEALTH when symptoms show up. One can say this is not HEALTHcare, but rather SICKcare.
Think about the various negative influences on our HEALTH we are dealing with in our country today. Our sleep quality is terrible for a multitude of causes, our food choices are poor at best, our consistency with exercise is subpar, our workload is overwhelming us, and our medication intake is higher than any other country in the world. We make up ~5% of the population, and yet use ~56% of the pharmaceutical drugs on the market! This is insanity because we are doing the same thing over and over and yet expecting a different result.
A scenario we often see from patients includes: poor sleep, digestion, concentration, possible depression, and a rigid/inflexible body that is screaming for some type of relief from the stressors it deals with on a daily basis. The sad thing is all they may have come int0 our office for was their neck or lower back was bothering them. Our bodies in this case can be compared to an onion due to the many “layers”. The common action many patients resort to before seeing a Chiropractor is medications for their insomnia, antacids for their GERD, their, laxatives for their constipation, and anti-depressants for their depressed state. HEALTH does not come from a bottle, shot, or any other unnatural outside source. HEALTH comes from within. In fact, HEALTH originates from above (your Nervous System) to travel down (your other systems), and from the inside to the outside. You never have to tell a cut how to heal, or your heart how to beat, or your GI tract how to utilize the food you’ve consumed. This does not happen by chance, but by a coordinated chain of events which is all regulated by your Nervous System. It’s the first system to develop while you’re mommy’s womb. It’s the master computer within you that not only allows you to operate, but helps you cope with any and all stressors out there. This is known as your body’s Innate Intelligence. An organization of reactions happening at the exact moment they’re supposed to not because of coincidence, but because of necessity to maintain your life! However, the Nervous System can only take so much stress. Being that it regulates all other systems, it is the last to become “sick”. This is observed in a variety of stress related complications.
The human race is more sick, more diseased, and further away from HEALTH than it ever has been. Our bodies are slowly losing the ability to cope with all the physical, emotional, and chemical stresses that bombard us day in and day out. Statistics show as high as 70% of office visits to the family physician were due to poor lifestyle choices. Would this have been such a high number if we took responsibility for our own HEALTH? Would this be such a high number if we made HEALTH our number one priority? I’m an optimist, so I’d like to think not. I’d like to think any person reading this that is tired of feeling their HEALTH is headed in the wrong direction will set their personal HEALTH improvements at the top of their 2011 New Year’s resolution list.
It is time to make choices that improve your HEALTH. It is time to look at your HEALTH as in invaluable asset that you will not and cannot compromise. It is time to set you and your family up to be the HEALTHiest you’ve ever been this upcoming year of 2011. HEALTH has been regarded as a journey, not a distination. You can begin your personal journey by first recognizing you will have only one spine in your life, which is housed by the only Nervous System you’ll ever have. If you take care of this one spine, not only will your functional quality of life greatly improve, but your overall HEALTH will improve as well. In fact, patients under regular Chiropractic care not only felt they had functional improvement over the ailments they first received treatment for, but also stated they had an overall better outlook on life.
Chiropractic care is a whole body, natural approach to achieving optimal HEALTH by searching for and removing the restrictions (joints that lack proper motion) in your spine so the connection between your Nervous System and body can be re-established. Give your spine and HEALTH a chance. Don’t wait for a symptom to show itself. Have your spine checked today so you can the healthiest 2011 possible.
“If you would seek health, look first to the spine.” Hippocrates.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you gained a motivation like you’ve never had to make your personal HEALTH the highest of responsibilities.
Yours in Health,
Joey Lowery, DC, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT