To visit the doctor when you are feeling great is something new. Yet, a growing number of people who want to be and do their best are visiting chiropractors on just such a basis.
The First Symptom
Remember staying home from school when we were sick and returning when we were feeling better? We learned to think of being sick as having obvious symptoms. This belief is now killing us. These days, most of us die from lifestyle-induced diseases whose first symptom is… death!
The reverse is true as well. If you eat improperly prepared food and find yourself vomiting to expel it, you probably won’t feel good, but you’re having a healthy response.
Turns out that true health is how well our bodies work, not how we feel.
How well our body functions is based upon the integrity of our nervous system. That is why so many health-conscious people are seeing a chiropractor. They want to make sure that every organ and tissue has a 100% uninterrupted nerve supply. It just makes sense to detect little problems before they become serious problems.
The Key to Health
True health is optimum physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Drinking more water, eating nutritious foods, regular exercise and virtually every other healthy habit produces even bigger dividends when you have a properly working nervous system.
Although everyone wants to feel good, your chiropractic care should not be based on whether you have pain or other symptoms. Subluxations may exist without obvious symptoms. Just like dental cavities, high blood pressure or heart disease.
Long-term treatment/care that is therapeutically necessary. This is treatment for patients who have reached maximum therapeutic benefit, but who fail to sustain benefit and progressively deteriorate when there are periodic trials of treatment withdrawal. Supportive care follows appropriate application of active and passive care including rehabilitation and/or lifestyle modifications. Supportive care is appropriate when alternative care options, including home-based self-care or referral have been considered and/or attempted. 1,2,3,4.
Preventative, Maintenance and Wellness Care
Elective health care that is typically long-term, by definition not therapeutically necessary but is provided at preferably regular intervals to prevent disease, prolong life, promote health and enhance the quality of life. This care may be provided after maximum therapeutic improvement, without a trial of withdrawal of treatment, to prevent symptomatic deterioration or it may be initiated with patients without symptoms in order to promote health and to prevent future problems. This care may incorporate screening/evaluation procedures designed to identify developing risks or problems that may pertain to the patient’s health status and give care/advice for these. Preventative/maintenance care is provided to optimize a patient’s health 1,2,3,4.
1. Chapman-Smith D. Scope of Practice. The Chiropractic Profession. NCMIC. Toronto, Canada; Harmony Printing Limited, 2000; 94-5.
2. Chapman-Smith D. Long-Term Care-Justification and Reimbursement. The Chiropractic Report. Jan 1994; 8(1); 2.
3. Haldeman S, et al, eds. Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters. Gaithersburg, Maryland; Aspen Publishers; 1993; Chapter 8; 115-127.
4. Henderson DJ, et al, eds. Clinical Guidelines for Chiropractic Practice in Canada. Supplement to JCCA; 1994; Glossary; 193-4.
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