According to the World Health Organization (WHO) health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Health is about FUNCTION. This is why someone can pass a physical and a slew of lab tests and die the next day from a heart attack or stroke. Therefore it is important to observe how the body is functioning and not merely wait to be diagnosed with disease. Chiropractors do this by maintaining the function of the spine and nervous system, altering diet, and educating on essential life style changes. This is why Chiropractic is a form of healthcare.
Loss of function of a tissue, organ, or system is defined by Chiropractors as dis-ease. This dis-ease is not always detected by a test or physical and may go for years unnoticed before becoming pathological or diseased. Virtually every degenerative disease in the human body (cancer, osteoporosis, Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Parkinsonís, Type II Diabetes Mellitus, etc.) goes through a period of time, often years of undetectable dis-ease before manifesting. It is therefore important to PREVENT these problems and not wait to be diagnosed with them. There's an old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." As the notion of health continues to suffer in this country, this advice is even more pertinent today.
Now you are starting to see the logic of Holistic Medicine. As Chiropractors, we are a branch of this form of healthcare. Want to learn more? Interested in being pro-active instead of re-active to your health? We will be happy to take care of you, call today.