Chiropractors believe that when your body is in a state of homeostasis, or balance, all of its varied systems function properly to repair or reverse injury or disease.
It is a holistic approach to patient care, one that focuses on a patient's total wellness, or well being, instead of specific diseases, or ailments. This intricate physiological and biochemical interrelationship among various parts of your bodyâ€”including its spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, and vascular systemsâ€”is what chiropractors dedicate themselves to exploring and treating, with special attention to nutrition, exercise, and healthy emotional and environmental relationships. When one or more of these systems is impaired, your body ceases to function normally and your resistance to disease is compromised.
Lifestyle counseling is a critical part of what chiropractic care involvesâ€”from providing advice on lifting techniques, sleep, posture, exercise, and nutrition and diet, to ergonomic work environments and sports and recreational injury prevention.
Exercise and other kinds of physical activity can go far in keeping your body strong and healthy, able to fight disease and ward off injuries from pulling, pushing, and lifting. A healthy and fit body also generally recovers faster from injury and pain. Like exercise, proper nutrition provides a wealth of benefitsâ€”both physical and emotionalâ€”that contribute to your body's strength and its ability to ward off disease and disability. A healthy diet translates into a healthy body; the proper mix of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are the best recipe for ensuring your skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems function smoothly.