In a world that approach’s health from a reductionist scientific viewpoint, it is easy for us to lose sight of the big picture with our health and we can get confused about how our current health situation sits within a broader of our health.
In Chiropractic we can understand health in terms of the “state of being” that we are currently in.
It can be said that our being can exist in three types of states.
The first is “ease”. When we are in a state of ease we feel that all our parts are working well together, and our mind, emotions, body, and spirit are functioning properly. A state of ease could be conceptualised in terms the function at cellular level, organ level, or systems level. Basically, we feel and function in a healthy way.
At the other end of the spectrum is a state called “disease”. In this state parts of our mind, emotions, or body have reached a point where “pathology” exists. This is end point failure of our cells, organs or systems, a state where someone can “name a condition” of any type. This is the paradigm of the medical doctor – it is their role to diagnose and treat disease.
The third state is called “dis-ease”. The hyphen is important as this differentiates this state from “disease”. In this state we are “not sick/not well”. Our function is affected in some way, and our cells, organs or systems are vibrating differently, or not able to perform the correct actions. “Dis-ease” is a lack of something (ease/health), whereas disease is the presence of something (an endpoint condition). This is the paradigm of the Chiropractor – in Chiropractic we are not trying to diagnosis with intention to name a disease, then treat it – we are simply trying to move a person from state of dis-ease to ease, from lack of function to function.
It is worthwhile to be monitoring what state you are in… this requires attention and awareness. Listen to your body, with the ultimate goal to attain a state of ease, and maintain this state over time.