From Above Down, Inside Out

Our last Blog looked at the need we have to change our paradigm from a sickness based mindset to a wellness based philosophy when it comes to health care. We want to think health care, not sick care!

A good way to think about how our bodies were designed to heal is called ‘from above down, inside out’, and it’s a foundational principal in chiropractic. Simply put, God designed our bodies to heal – when you get a cut, it heals – and God designed the nervous system to be in control of how our bodies work. In fact, the importance of the central nervous system is demonstrated by the fact that it is the only system in the body encased in bone. It must be important!  So, our body heals ‘from above down’ meaning from the brain to the body, and from ‘inside out’, meaning healing occurs from inside the body. The goal of chiropractic care is to ensure that the nervous system functions at its best, so our body can function optimally. This, along with good lifestyle choices, goes a long way to prevent disease and maintain health.

Often the mechanism of care from a drug based model is from the ‘outside in’, meaning we require something like a pharmaceutical to be taken in order to alter our body chemistry to achieve health. While this may be the case in some circumstances, it is rarely the case when it comes to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness.

This has been a very hot summer!  Consider this… even when your body is exposed to extreme heat and humidity, it has the ability to maintain a consistent internal temperature of 37 degrees. You probably haven’t thought about it a lot, but that is amazing!  And, it happens from above down, inside out. Very cool.


  1. Carol Crossman

    Great article – The hormonal system is another important system our body has – the book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Phillip Yancy gives great insite to the inside of our bodies – physiology was my favourite subject in university!!

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