Altoona & Eau Claire, WI–

I’ve studied natural health care over the past 10 years.  Wellness is a term that is thrown around a lot over the past decade.  Wellness is used in circles like chiropractic, medicine, fitness, yoga, and even finance.  I think that wellness can be present in all those areas of expertise, but I want to pull out how chiropractic functions under wellness and how medicine is mostly “anti-wellness” even though it markets to the contrary.

First let’s define wellness:

1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind (and spirit), especially as the result of deliberate effort.
2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
Now that we have defined wellness and you have an understanding of it, let me expand on it a little.  I look at wellness as a big umbrella that covers underneath it several professions that is truly wellness.  Professions like chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, fitness, nutritionist to name a few.  Professions like medicine, naturopathy, dietetics, and a few others does NOT fall under the umbrella of wellness.  No where in the definition of wellness does it state that it is for treating disease.  In fact, in the second definition it specifically points out that it does not do that!  The second group of professions listed above main objective and goal is to treat disease.  Even if naturopathy tries to do it supposedly naturally, they are still treating disease and not promoting wellness.
Medicine is NOT wellness.  In fact, it is absolutely ludicrous to say that medicine provides “wellness” care.  They do provide early detection diagnosis procedures like pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, etc., but those are not wellness procedures!  They are early detection procedures for which if a condition is diagnosed early (the goal), treatment (medicine) is administered.  There is nothing about taking toxic medications that promotes wellness.  Yes, I agree that a few medications treat and promote better health in a patient.  But again, that is not wellness.  Most medications only treat the symptom of the problem and NOT the cause.  Yes, your pain may decrease, but what’s causing your pain (or high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, or high cholesterol) is still there.  THE CAUSE HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED.  Yes, you may succeed in the goal of decreasing pain or other parameters, but at the risk of harm to other parts of the body.  Now enough about the “anti-wellness”….
Chiropractic is founded on and promotes a wellness lifestyle.  Yes, most patients come into our office because of pain (that was not the purpose or foundation of chiropractic to start with).  However, as a principled chiropractor, I know that chasing symptoms makes us (chiropractors) an expensive aspirin.  If you want to decrease pain, NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs) are very good at this.  If you want health and wellness, then chiropractic needs to be a part of your life.  Here’s why:  Chiropractic’s philosophy is that health comes from the inside.  All aspects of life (body, mind, and spirit) MUST be in harmony and properly functioning in order for wellness (optimal health) to exist.  Chiropractic unleashes the innate (inborn) expression of life in the body by removing the cause (decrease of life expression) in the body.  Usually the decrease of life expression occurs in a dis-functioning nervous system.  Chiropractors remove the CAUSE so that people can express health better.  That is the core of chiropractic!  Also, strategies need to be in place for healthy nutrition, exercise, thinking, and sleep.
Chiropractors are trained in all these aspects of health to bring about wellness in a patient.  Again, you cannot be well if you don’t have chiropractic in your life.   So, do you?  Do you want to express health and vitality?  We are here to serve you and your entire family.
Naturally Restoring Your Health,
Dr. Gunderson