concepts of Health Maintenance
history, man has been searching for that ever-elusive "Fountain
of Youth." This endless quest for eternal youth
and well-being has its effect on annually on the health care business.
Billions of dollars are spent annually on elixirs, fad diets, youth
farms, cosmetic surgery and the like. Countless hours and much effort
are being spent to look "young and healthy
." But do we achieve our goal?
What is this thing called "health"? It must be more
than just the absence of disease. Health must be viewed as
an ever-evolving state, a process which starts at birth and ends
at death. The health care crisis now raging throughout our country
has caused many people to start asking some very pointed questions
about the type of care they are receiving.
A term which appears in all discussions
relating to health care is, "Maintenance." The concept
of health maintenance is not new to the chiropractic profession.
Throughout chiropractic's more than
80-year history, its practitioners have been teaching "body
ecology." The science of chiropractic holds as a basic
tenet, that a causative factor in many disease processes is improper
nerve supply to the body organs or tissues.
The primary procedure in chiropractic
is any deviated ositioning or malfunctioning of spinal vertebrae.
If present, these malpositions (subluxations) may be factors in
the altering of normal nerve supply so essential for a proper functioning
We have been taught since childhood
that if there are "no symptoms, "we are well. We
have been preconditioned by advertising media to believe that anytime
a symptom appears which makes us uncomfortable, we need simply "pop
pill" or "swallow that liquid, " and all will be
will. Drugs and medications have become so commonplace that we do
not question if we should take them or not, rather, which ones should
we take and what dosage.
In reality, all we do many times is
to hide the problem (symptom) by medicating it. We also do other
things to fool ourselves into thinking we are well, such as eliminating
activities which cause us to feel uncomfortable. By continuing
the cause of malfunction within our body.Such actions would be similar
to building hospitals to treat accident victims than installing
traffic lights to prevent accidents.
The chiropractic approach to well-being typifies the new and changing
attitude toward health. It is based on ease."
The basic recognition which prevails in chiropractic is the understanding
that "being well" differs from "relieving symptoms"
as popularly reported by media advertising. Concerned, thinking
people have recognized one important fact-being symptom-free does
not mean you are "well." When a person understands the
chiropractic concept of health maintenance, he or she cannot be
deceived by advertising gimmicks, catchy phrases and clever jingles,
which are often used to influence public attitudes.
The premise that the body is capable
of maintaining health, provided it is given proper essential ingredients,
namely food, water, rest, clean air, adequate nutrition and a properly
functioning nervous system, is a primary characteristic of chiropractic.
Chiropractic health maintenance is gaining in acceptance and public
support because its concepts and ideas of social importance, such
as the overuse and abuse of unnecessary medication, and the increasing
ate of iatrogenic (doctor caused) diseases which have reached disturbing
Chiropractic teaches that health is
not a commodity which can be purchased in a tablet or bottle;
it can only be obtained and maintained by allowing the natural recuperative
powers of the body to function unimpaired.
Locating minor spinal deviations early,
before they interfere with a proper functioning nervoussystem and
produce symptoms, will greatly assist your body in remaining healthy
Today, we read about "health
maintenance" as if it were some new and revolutionary discovery.
The emphasis on health maintenance is being recognized by every
group interested in the delivery of health care.
Chiropractic health care has for many
years offered a stimulating challenge to people interested in an
alternative to the usual "treat the symptom" type of care.
A few simple questions can help determine the type of health care
best suited to each individual's needs.
"Why did I get sick?" "Is
it because some mysterious virus or germ singled me out to be sick?"
"Am I SICKbecause my body has a low resistance which
allowed me to become susceptible to a disease process?" "What
is the cause of the problem?" These questions can best be answered
by dealing with the underlying problem, rather than masking the
symptoms on a temporary basis, which often allows the illness to
become more serious. The becoming of this health maintenance approach
are becoming more obvious every day.
The chiropractic profession
teaches the advantages of attempting to correct the cause rather
than treating only the effects.r
A maintenance approach to our most priceless possession, our health,
certainly deserves some serious consideration.
Health cannot be purchased in a bottle, substituted or stored, but
it can be lost very quickly.
If health could be purchased
with money, we would have no sick millionaires. Your doctor of chiropractic
(D.C.) will suggest when you should return so he can monitor your
condition and determine the need for spinal adjustments. The interval
and pro health problems. Characteristics such as weight, stress
(emotional and physical), occupation, age, spinal abnormalities,
and details in your personal health profile, will be considered
by your personal health profile, will be considered by your doctor
when he makes his determination. Regular spinal adjustments are
a part of your body's defense against illness.
The effectiveness of chiropractic health
care is measured by benefits realized for a lifetime.
The public is becoming more aware of the benefits of this approach
to health. Millions of people are now seeking to maintain their
health through regular chiropractic check-ups.
"This articles from introduction
to chiropractic by Louis sportelli D.C.
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