What Does It Mean To Be Healthy?
According to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being; and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.
And Webster’s Dictionary defines health as being a condition of wholeness in which all organs are functioning 100%, all of the time.
So health is not merely feeling okay, but it’s actually when your body is functioning at its absolute best.
Then where does health come from?
Proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest and a positive mental attitude are all vital for maintaining health, but health is defined as being about function. So what actually controls the function of your body?
According to Gray’s Anatomy: “It is the purpose of the brain and nerve system to control and coordinate the function of all the tissues, organs and systems of the body.”
Your nervous system is so important that it is the first thing formed in the developing embryo, and the central nervous system is protected and completely encased in bone (yep, that’s your skull and SPINE!).
Interference to your nervous system may adversely affect the function of your body, leading to a decrease in health (which may eventually manifest as symptoms such as back pain, headaches or just about any ailment really).
If you have any interference to your nervous system, your body can not function at 100%. So it is important that we look after our posture and spinal health as it may have an impact on the nervous system and possibly our whole health.