"Life is but the expression of spirit through matter. To make life manifest requires the union of spirit and body."
Daniel D. Palmer
Definition of Health and Wellness
There are many definitions of health. The most commonly quoted definition of health is that from the World Health Organization; “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Several other generally accepted definitions of ‘health’ exist. Bircher defines health as “a dynamic state of well-being characterized by a physical and mental potential, which satisfies the demands of life commensurate with age, culture, and personal responsibility”, while Saracchi defines health as “a condition of well being, free of disease or infirmity, and a basic and universal human right.”
Health does not just mean the physical well-being of the individual but refers to the social, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being of the whole community. This is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.
"The philosophy of chiropractic is founded upon the knowledge of the manner in which all vital functions are performed by innate in health and disease. When the controlling intelligence is able to transmit mental impulses to all parts of the body, free and unobstructed, we have normal action which is health.
The basic principle, and the principles of chiropractic which have been developed from it are not new. They are as old as the vertebrae… I am not the first person to replace subluxated vertebra, for this art has been practiced for thousands of years." - D.D. Palmer
Why Wellness Matters
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
The correction of subluxations and maintenance of a subluxation free nervous system is the first step in achieving optimal health. As the whole human experience of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and thought is processed through the nervous system, it is integral to have optimal function. Without it we can not properly respond to environmental signals and our responses become distorted. This can lead to not only physical dysfunction, but mental and social dysfunction as well.
From there, proper diet, exercise and positive mental attitude round out the picture of health. Limiting toxins and providing sufficiency in every aspect of our existence, though not a guarantee of perfect health, gives you the greatest opportunity to succeed, no matter what we may face.