Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organisation

According to the WHO, being "healthy" doesn't mean that you are not sick, rather health depends on a composite of factors that allow you to function in the best way possible, feeling as good as possible for as long as possible.

As chiropractors we can only affect some of these direcetly, but when working with a patient we might on occasion have to consider a much broader set of variables. If we feel we are unable to do so and that this assessment will make a difference in the care or the results we will do our best to find someone who can.

It stands to reason that there are myriad of different definitions of "health". However, we all intuitively know that not having symptoms is not the same as being healthy. People can be extremely sick e.g. with cancer and actually have few if any symptoms at the early stages of the disease. On the other hand, someone might be violently vomiting after having eaten something that did not agree with the body - you could debate which of the people in these examples is the most healthy.

This viewpoint is also one of the reasons we, as chiropractors, not just treat the symptoms, but try to find the underlying cause of the symptoms and, when possible, treat that.