What is Chiropractic?
Taking A Natural Systemic Approach To Healing
Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.
In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.
While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.
Myths about Chiropractic: Because of philosophical differences, misunderstandings, and economic competition, countless myths have been circulating about chiropractic.
Here are the truths about Chiropractic:
Chiropractic doctors are well educated.
After the required pre-med undergraduate studies, today's Doctor of Chiropractic completes an additional four-year program at a chiropractic college.
Doctors of Chiropractic are real doctors. Like other types of doctors, chiropractic doctors meet stringent licensing requirements, they are board certified, follow a strict code of ethics, and are approved by governmental agencies.
Chiropractic is scientific. As sophisticated diagnostic equipment becomes available, researchers are affirming what chiropractic doctors have known all along. A consistent scientific protocol is used to locate malfunctioning areas of the spine.
Chiropractic adjustments make sense. Like lifting a heavy rock off your toe, most patients report their chiropractic adjustments feel good. When the bones of the spine return to a more normal position and motion, nervous system function can be restored, symptoms relieved, and the natural healing process can proceed.
Chiropractic is safe. This year thousands of people will die from medically prescribed drugs and medicine. Of the millions of patients benefiting from chiropractic this year, only a handful will have a negative newsworthy experience.
Continue as long as you want. Like regular dental checkups, once patients experience the value of chiropractic, many choose to continue. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
The truth is, chiropractic is a conservative, drug-free approach to better health that has helped millions of people since 1895.
Here are several reasons to continue your chiropractic care:
CONTINUE YOUR PROGRESS
Research suggests ligaments and muscles that support your spine take longer to heal than indicated by how you feel. Your body continues to heal these soft tissues after your symptoms are gone. Continuing with wellness chiropractic care encourages more complete healing. This helps assure a lasting recovery.
PREVENT A RELAPSE
Before obvious symptoms provided a warning, your body adapted to the soft tissue damage caused by improper spinal function. Without continued chiropractic care, muscles and connective tissue are predisposed to assume unhealthy patterns. Rehabilitative care continues to retrain and strengthen your spine to help avoid a relapse.
AVOID FUTURE PROBLEMS
Long periods of sitting, financial worries, toxic environments, and many everyday activities can stress your spine. Even the slightest trauma can cause interference to your nervous system and compromise optimum health. Maintenance care can help keep you healthy and avoid small problems from becoming big ones.
Besides keeping you at your best, continuing your care can save money. Just as brushing and flossing your teeth can prevent expensive dental work, regular chiropractic check-ups help avoid the expense of having to correct preventable problems.
Continue your chiropractic care so you can enjoy life to the fullest. Your doctor will recommend a schedule of preventive care visits based on his or her clinical experience. Most patients who enjoy a chiropractic lifestyle report they have more energy and feel better.
CONTINUE TO LEARN
Proper spinal hygiene is new for most people. Ask questions. Get involved. Learn how to become an active partner in the recovery of your health. Make sure you fully understand the role of your spine and nervous system in the maintenance of good health - your most valuable possession.