Chiropractic is the most effective form of care for the treatment of back, neck and headache pain. Multiple studies going back as far as 1966 note that patients treated with chiropractic adjustments returned to work in half the time and at half the cost of patients treated with conventional medicine and physical therapy and without the use of drugs or surgery. Back/neck pain severe enough to cause the person to miss work will affect 80% of the population in their lifetime. If you are one of the 80% you owe it to yourself to call for your appointment today to relieve your pain with chiropractic care.
The previous paragraph tells most people what they need to know about chiropractic in the beginning. Why? Because people usually come to us because they “hurt,” not because they are interested in how chiropractic can improve their health.
Chiropractic, however, is more than for just “back pain.” Chiropractic is the largest primary alternative health care profession in the world and the second largest primary care health profession, after medicine/osteopathy, in the United States.
Chiropractic is based on the vitalistic premise that the living body is a self-healing, self-repairing organism that is designed to strive for perfect health and that it does not need outside assistance to survive and thrive. It just needs no interference. Chiropractic is a holistic profession that considers the mental, physical and nutritional aspects of a person’s life to assist them in returning to and maintaining good health without the use of drugs or surgery. This does not mean that drugs and surgery are not necessary at times; just that chiropractors refer those patients needing this type of care to naturopathic, medical, or osteopathic physicians for these types of therapies.
The primary treatment approach of the Doctor of Chiropractic is through the nervous system as it is contained in and exits the spinal column. According to “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The brain, through the nervous system, controls and coordinates ALL body function.” And, according to The World Health Organization, “health” is defined as, “A state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or injury. Or optimal function.”
Your nerves are the body’s window to its internal and external environment. Your brain through the nervous system is responsible for every function of your body and directs our body’s response to what occurs in our environments. When there is dysfunction of the spine, the conduit that contains the spinal cord, the communications from the brain to the rest of body are altered. You could liken it to “static” in a land line phone system. Emotional, physical, chemical, nutritional and postural traumas, large and small, affect the function of the spine and nervous system. Because of the many different sources of stress upon the spine the Doctor of Chiropractic will ask new patients many questions about their lifestyle, their history and their habits. The doctor will also perform a thorough examination to determine the most likely cause of your current symptoms and other potential threats to your health before beginning to help you overcome your presenting complaints.
The Doctor of Chiropractic, by locating and “adjusting” the appropriate spinal segments, will help to reduce the “static” in the nerve communications allowing for better function of the body. In addition, by advising the patient on the potential causes of this “static” in his or her environment the chiropractor can help the patient regain control of his or her health.
In closing, understand that your Doctor of Chiropractic has attended 2-4 years of undergraduate college emphasizing the biological sciences and completed 4-5 years of post-graduate chiropractic college before being able to be licensed by the State of Washington to practice the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic. Maintaining your structural and neurological health is an important component of your overall health strategy to help you to have a healthier and happier life.