© 2012 Patient Media, Inc. Reprinted with permission.
Not that science is the end all be all! However, there is one undisputed aspect of chiropractic often overlooked by most patients: that the nervous system is the master system that controls and regulates virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. It is potentially earthshaking to patients, who are far more likely to believe genetics exert greater influence over their well being than the integrity of their nervous system.
Most people have no idea that a stomach problem could actually be a nerve communication problem. The sensory nerves (nerves that carry the pain messages) make up such a minute percentage of their nervous system. Many chiropractors use technologies that measure and report the integrity of the nervous system. Many people have no symptoms, but a very compromised nervous system.
Chiropractic is about nerves and not bones; about function and not feeling.
Perhaps it’s due to the Baby Boom Generation who avoided polyester in favor of natural fabrics. It seems there’s a growing interest in things natural.
Consider the growing interest in organic produce, antibiotic-free poultry, purified water, growth hormone-free milk and a myriad of other all-natural products. Those who tend to be more highly educated and attempt to live consciously are inclined to avoid processed foods and artificial just about anything.
Chiropractic resonates with this new focus on natural. When given the choice, most people would prefer natural over artificial, authentic over phony and the truth over a lie. That’s why chiropractic makes so much sense!
Many chiropractors overlook this when explaining chiropractic to patients. The truth about the nature of healing is that no doctors can heal anyone! Nor do drugs.
We each have within us the ability to heal. Usually, health can manifest by reducing obstructions or interferences rather than filling a void because something is missing.
We’re not flawed, we’re merely blocked. We’re not deficient, we’re merely constrained from our fullest expression. We’re not suffering a drug shortage, we’re merely exceeding our ability to accommodate one or more stressors. Every person is fully equipped for health. The body is a self-healing organism… It always has been and always will be!
Chiropractic care helps people who have assumed a defensive posture we call subluxation in an attempt to accommodate physical, emotional or chemical stress. That’s no guarantee of cure, since countless other factors can impair the healing response. However, all things being equal, if the stressor is no longer present, people definitely function better without subluxations than with subluxations.
Naturally, anyone who expects to benefit from chiropractic care must meet one important condition: they must be alive. Chiropractic adjustments help release the full potential life energy within the body. Chiropractic focuses on the person with the condition, not the condition in the person.
This allows chiropractic care to be dynamically tailored and appropriate regardless of age. Chiropractic is not only appropriate for children… It is best for children! The sooner after birth that a child is checked, the better!
Go back 50 years or more and many people saw their chiropractor as their “primary care” doctor. Entire families would regularly crowd into adjusting rooms to have their nervous systems checked so they could stay well rather than get well.
These days, our burdensome, so-called “health care system” is based on treating symptoms after they emerge, which is always more expensive and less effective than preventive measures, whether one is maintaining their car, their weight or their relationships.
Actually, many people get this already. It’s a mindset that is revealed by many types of behaviors. They’re likely to be teeth flossers, joggers, organic food purchasers, supplement takers, pure water consumers, savings account contributors, recyclers, composters, midwife users and the like. Many of these people probably don’t realize that a chiropractor is not merely a back doctor, but more of a nerve doctor who works towards prevention rather than crisis! Oops!
As much as we wish it weren’t so, chiropractic is often a last resort for many patients who investigate chiropractic only after exploring medical solutions. Often, patients must first become disenchanted with the side effects of their medications. Or, they become alarmed that increasingly larger doses are required. Or, they just simply find that they are tired of only covering up their symptoms!
- Medicine is interested in the problem with the person. Chiropractic is interested in the person with the problem.
- Medicine focuses on the circulatory system. Chiropractic focuses on the nervous system.
- Medicine kills germs. Chiropractic strengthens immunity.
- Medicine attempts to suppress symptoms. Chiropractic attempts to enhance adaptability.
- Medicine makes the drug or doctor the hero. Chiropractic makes the individual’s capacity to heal the hero.
When people come to a chiropractic office, they want something different. By this point, they are usually sick and tired of being sick and tired!
You might want to ask patients why they think some drugs require a prescription and others don’t. It’s probably something they’ve never given much thought about.
“Because some drugs are dangerous?” they might eventually volunteer.
“That’s correct. Chiropractic is so safe, it doesn’t require a prescription or a warning label.”
Virtually every intervention can have an “unintended consequence” or “adverse reaction.”
Fortunately, these are overwhelming positive, even if unintended. For example, a patient whose allergies improve after receiving chiropractic care for headaches. Or the patient whose indigestion disappears after receiving chiropractic care for back pain. Or the expectant mother whose restored fertility seems to have coincided with her chiropractic care for low back pain. And the list goes on and on…
The danger when seeing these frequent associations is to make the leap that chiropractic treats allergies, indigestion and fertility. Of course chiropractic doesn’t treat anything. However with a revived nervous system, just about anything is possible. Even the relief of headaches and back pain!
Many forget that “modern” medicine is relatively new. Many of its most popular (and profitable) drugs and procedures are often the subject of recalls, unintended adverse reactions or rushed to market with success rates that barely exceed that of cheaper, side-effect-free placebos.
This is in sharp contrast with the scrutiny, longevity and proven history of the discipline of chiropractic.
For over a century, chiropractic care has been pressed into service to revive the self-healing capacity of those who have exhibited virtually every named and unnamed disease or health condition. And while chiropractic care is NOT a treatment of any ailment or illness, it has never been the subject of a recall or even warning label.
While the limitation of matter or other constraint may prevent the wished-for outcome, reviving one’s ability to self heal will never go out of style.