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What does wellness exactly mean?

Wellness is a term that is becoming more mainstream today, with more people looking for healthy alternatives to contemporary health care.  People have been searching for ways to take care of themselves and experience more of a preventative approach to health.   As defined by Dictionary.com wellness is 1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of a deliberate effort or 2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.  Both definitions are equally important when it comes to chiropractic.  We, as chiropractors, help your body heal itself.  We all have an innate ability in our bodies to recover from illness or injury that we experience.  Our recovery times and outcomes vary depending on how much emphasis we put on proper maintenance of our nervous system.  The protector of the nervous system in our bodies is, of course, our spine. Adjustments performed by chiropractors allow full, unrestricted communication of the nervous system throughout the entire body, from head to toes.  This unrestricted communication allows the body to provide areas that have been injured or are experiencing pain with the proper components needed to heal.  Wellness, overall, is greatly influenced by the chiropractic adjustment, but as the definition tells us, it is also dependent on the patient.  The patient must adapt a certain state of mind and commit to a lifestyle of wellness. Moreover, the first definition more directly pertains to the state of mind that the patient must have, and commit the deliberate effort to receiving chiropractic care and maintaining that lifestyle of disease prevention and innate healing.  So chiropractic should be thought of as a means to allowing the body to heal from the inside out, and a way to prevent injury and disease through maximum mobility and nervous system synergy.  I’ll stop there for my first blog entry, don’t want to get to long-winded.  Stay tuned for updates, and new blog entries in the future. Take care of yourself, and help your body heal from the inside out!
Dr. Kosik

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