The basic premise of the chiropractic philosophy is that life is intelligent and that the purpose of the human body’s innate intelligence is to maintain the body in a state of health. The chiropractic view that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism is an affirmation of health rather than a disease or symptom orientation. Central to this philosophy is the removal of impediments to health through the correction of subluxations thus normalizing the nervous system and releasing the body’s optimal potential.

This is completely different from the medical model of illness: that our bodies are healthy if we do not have a disease. But health is more than the lack of disease as you can see from these definitions below:

True Health:

Dorlands: a state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.

Webster’s: a condition of wholeness in which all organs are functioning 100% all of the time.

Gray’s Anatomy: The purpose of the brain and nervous system is to control and coordinate the functions of all tissues, organs, and systems in the body and to adapt the organism to its environment.

Vertebral Subluxation Complex: An interference to function causing a lack of health.

The spine must be kept in proper alignment and motion so that it will not cause injury to the nerves or an interference to the delicate impulse of the nerves from the brain to the body.

Chiropractic is:

A Clinical Science of evaluating the vertebral subluxation complex (V.S.C.).

A Clinical Art of reducing, correcting and preventing the vertebral subluxation complex, allowing a return to better function and better health on every level.

A Philosophy of life and health that believes there is an internal wisdom in all living things. This wisdom maintains the body’s existence, heals sickness, and allows development of one’s full potential… as long as it is not interfered with.