Average is defined by Merriam-Webster as: “A single value (as a mean, mode, or median) that summarizes or represents the general significance of a set of unequal values.” This often times is confused with the word normal which is defined as: “According with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle.” Average is a single value determined with the educated mind, whereas normal occurs naturally. This is important to consider when evaluating your own health.
Today we stress average and try to apply it to as many aspects of life as we can. For some things in life that is a good thing. Speed limit is determined by average and keeps us safe on the highway, but is average a good idea for health? Weight is an important topic in health today and we have used our educated minds to determine a proper average weight for everyone today. The idea of every female that is 5’8” to weigh the same seems strange to me! We are all individuals and unique, because of this we should not strive for average, we should strive for our normal.
Normal, when applied to health, is taking a common sense natural approach to feeling and functioning to your fullest potential. How do we do that? It starts by providing your body with the proper environment. Exercise, nutrition and rest should be a part of every lifestyle, this is normal. There is no average that explains the amount of sleep you need, the amount of exercise you need, or the proper nutrition you need. These answers will come to you naturally if you listen to your body and respond accordingly. Living a healthy lifestyle is difficult in society today; as a result our average society is not healthy. You need to take pro-active steps to improve your health, health does not come free and it is not given to you. Once you implement a healthy lifestyle, who cares what average is, you will be normal for you!
How is chiropractic a part of a healthy lifestyle? Chiropractors realize health is achieved from within our bodies, not from outside of our bodies. Your nervous system is the instigator of every healthy function in your body including breathing, digesting, everything! Only your body knows what is normal for you at any moment of any day. Innate performs its various functions over your nervous system, so chiropractors work to keep that system free from interference, so your body can keep you at your normal.