Ask Ed: What is Wellness?

Ed gets asked hundreds of questions each week! So we’ve started jotting down his answers to the most common ones. Enjoy, and send us your own questions!

What is wellness?

Wellness has become a bit of a buzzword in the last few years and it can mean different things to different people. In our office, we believe that wellness encompasses all of the functions of your body and mind and we encourage you to take a ‘big picture’ approach to your lifestyle.

Your body is designed to maintain a balanced state of health called homeostasis. This means that your body and its systems are working together to enable a state of stability and balance. If you look at something like your heart rate or your temperature – these are some of the functions that fluctuate based on what your other systems are telling your body. E.g. the signal of “my muscles are working hard, they need more blood” results in your heart rate and blood pressure increasing to meet this need. Or the signal of “I ate something bad” might trigger your stomach to bring it back up. Your body is continuously working and communicating across its different systems to maintain this balance. Your central nervous system (protected by your spine) plays a very significant part of this balancing process.

How is chiropractic involved with wellness?

When your chiropractor talks to you about wellness, they’re referring to a state of being in which your body is free of interference or interruption to any part of your central nervous system. This is why they’re so invested in your spine and brain. The intention of chiropractic care is to enable your body to maintain a high-functioning state of balanced health, and they do this by caring for your spine. Adjusting your spine is a way to give your central nervous system a ‘reality check’ and help your body recognise anything that isn’t functioning the way it should. Once these signals have been clarified, your body can work to find your ideal equilibrium again. We all know that good habits need to be maintained, which is why regular chiropractic care helps to remind your body of what that balance should be. In the same way that going to the gym is pointless if it isn’t a regular routine, your central nervous system also needs regular maintenance and attention.

If you want to know more about wellness, or know someone who could benefit from chiropractic care, get in touch with our friendly team today. We would love to share our knowledge with you!

About the Author Dr Edward Roper

Ed has been practicing in Tauranga since 2009, and established Precision Chiropractic in 2012. Prior to this, Ed spent several years in a chiropractic practice in Albany, Auckland.