"relief from pain to more energy and better health"
Perhaps your primary reason to come and visit is to find a solution to stop your back pain, neck pain or headaches and this may be the reason why you are here now. Although that is a very good reason to make the call and visit us, that is not the only reason why you should come and visit, there may be more.
Other reasons why you might want to visit us may be that you would like to add another resource to your health care, to help you maintain good overall health and wellbeing or improve your health status. Another reason to visit may be that you have come to a decision that it is time to focus a little more on your own health, or because you have been relying on strong medications for pain relief and they are no longer being effective or the medications you have been relying on are now having adverse effects on other systems of your body. Our philosophy is to assist you achieve and maintain the best health possible, and we understand that this may only be achieved if the three main components of health, known as the 'triad of health' are in balance or at an optimum, these components include your physical integrity, your chemical composition and your emotional or mental status.
Your physical component involves the integrity of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, organs, bones and joints. For optimum health, the physical function of these tissues must be free from mechanical injury, fatigue, tension, able to respond to the everyday environment you place them in, have good flexibility, mobility and adequate structural strength and stability for the maximum effectiveness it was designed for.
Your chemical component involves the make up of all the nutrients (and toxins) in your body and how they relate to the function of each cell and organ in your body. For optimum health, the balance of these chemicals (biochemicals) must be right, sufficient amounts of these biochemicals must be readily available for all the different functions in the body, whether it is to restore energy sources and repair tissue after exercise (or exertion) or to help your body continue to function normally under stressful periods.
If your body becomes deficient in good nutrients or toxic with poor quality nutrition then your body has no choice but to utilise what it has available and this will deliver poor quality re-building or repair of your tissues and organs, leading to dysfunction of its normal processes and systems, which results in poor health and sickness.
In addition, an optimal chemical balance must include the right nutrients to remove toxins and wastes from the body to keep it in a good working environment. That is, whatever nutrients are utilised to make up your body and maintain its billions of functions must at some stage be replaced.
Your emotional component involves your thoughts and feelings, extremes of negativity or positivity for prolonged periods of time will lead to an unsustainable state of being and to an imbalance in one's health, these elements can be attributed to your experiences both past and present, your past and present friendships/relationships, your connection with the surrounding environment, your expectations, sense of self worth and success, etc.
When we think of the three components of the 'triad of health' one can quickly conclude that in order to achieve or have optimum health, one needs to have all three components in balance or equilibrium and that any one component will have some level of influence on the other two.
One example in which chiropractors observe the interplay of the 'triad of health' in common day practice is with the condition of chronic low back pain. An onset of low back pain resulting from the lifting of some object causes severe injury to a spinal disc, the injury is left untreated, with only self medication using anti-inflammatories, that only gives temporary relief and continued use is necessary for many months to give some sort of relief, however the back pain becomes more intense and debilitating with time. This person now seeks another avenue and visits the chiropractor for help, however by now this person has become somewhat emotionally depressed and at times moody due to the long term impact this injury has had on the person's working life and everyday activities, giving this person a sense of despair. At the same time this person's biochemical balance has also been disrupted on two fronts, one directly as a result of the injury itself. With local tissue disruption of blood vessels and nerves which are essential in maintaining and coordinating nutrient supplies to tissues and cells, respectively.
The other biochemical disruption in this person's case is due to the long term use of anti-inflammatories which destroys the gastrointestinal wall leading to further malabsorption of dietary nutrients. Hence, we have a condition where the components in the 'triad of health' are not in harmony with the potential for each component to further disrupt the balance, if neither of them is given the right attention and care.
Although the physical component of health is our primary focus and needs to be addressed in order to achieve good health and wellbeing, we often see its influence on improving the biochemical and mental components of an individual’s health at the same time.
However, we understand that with some conditions and/or a person's health status, just focusing on one component alone may not be enough or may be a slow process to full recovery at times, hence we often incorporate high quality nutritional support or advise to seek further assistance with the chemical component of healing also.