THE SPINAL COLUMN
Who should go to a
A very simple
question. Its answer is dependent upon one's concept of the goal of chiropractic. If the goal of chiropractic is to get sick people well, then presumably sick people should go to a
chiropractor. If the goal is prevention of sickness, presumably all patients should be on a maintenance program.
I would like to share
the very unique goal of chiropractic as practiced in this office. I would like to see ALL people, sick or well, young and old, getting their
spines checked for vertebral subluxations on a regular basis (minimum once a week) to allow their bodies to better express all of their life potentials. This would in turn allow each person to get more out of life. In order to understand this concept, one must understand how vertebral subluxation affects the quality
of one's life.
Physiologically, it is
known that virtually every expression of life is controlled, at least in part by body chemistry. It is changes in body chemistry that determine our energy level, our ability to resist and
recover from disease, our ability to extract nutrients from food, our moods, attitudes, sense of humor, our manual dexterity, and virtually every other expression of life. Therefore, if
anything happens to alter body chemistry it can affect every aspect of one's life. This is why the law does not allow people to drive after consuming too much alcohol. The alcohol
can produce blurred vision, slowed reaction time, poor coordination, and make a generally good driver a menace to society. Of course the individual reaction to alcohol varies from person to
person. Some people become sad, some become happy, some become violent, some silly, and some just fall asleep. All however, seem to suffer from poor judgment and lack of
Another example would be
people who use medication to "treat" a variety of problems. Just look in the Physician Desk Reference (PDR) to see that for every drug listed; side effects which can change you mentally,
physically and emotionally. It is easy to understand....
..........how altering body chemistry from the outside-in can affect everything we are and everything we can accomplish. In short, it can negatively alter our potential in many different areas.
While our potential, or performance levels, may be affected by drugs from the outside, they can also be affected by chemical changes that originate within. Our body is an
incredible natural chemical factory. With a chemical reaction needed for virtually every aspect of life, there are countless numbers of chemical reactions occurring constantly. It is the
wisdom of the body, innate intelligence, which uses the brain, spinal cord and nerve system as its medium of expression, to control and coordinate the chemical producing organs
and glands of the body. Any alteration in the production of chemicals like thyroxin, insulin, adrenaline, cortisone, testosterone, estrogen, and dozens of others (known and unknown) in the
body, will produce just as drastic a change as would chemicals administered from the outside-in.
Vertebral subluxations are, by definition, an interference with the innate control of the body. You cannot have body chemistry in balance when vertebral subluxations are
present. When you have an imbalance of body chemistry you are unable to fully express your potential in any number of areas.
It is not my goal to be a "slipped-disc jockey" dealing with neck aches and backaches and referring people out. Every man, woman, and child in my community and yours
deserves to know the truth. Chiropractic is not just for backaches, nor is it for cancer. It is not for any particular malady.
Chiropractic is for people! All people! There is not a person you will ever meet, who should not have his or her spine
checked regularly. It is the goal of this office to share chiropractic with as many people as possible, to allow
their bodies to function and perform at a higher level of efficiency. Thus enabling them to more fully express all of their potentials and abilities, and therefore, get more out of their
Chiropractic patients are
divided into two general categories.
The first category
includes a large number of patients who utilize chiropractic to enable their bodies to work better so that they might heal themselves of some condition or symptom. They understand that the
chiropractor is not treating the condition or attempting to alleviate the symptom but that if he or she can correct the vertebral subluxation, the body will have greater capacity to heal
They come in to have
their subluxations corrected and find that their bodies work at a higher level, quite often high enough to get well of the physical problems they had when they arrived. Thousands of people have had
their health restored because when nerve interference is removed at the vertebral level, the principle that heals and runs the billions upon billions of cells in the body is free to work a little
better. Sadly though, many of these people do not fully utilize chiropractic care because they often stop once they feel better.
The second group of
people realize that the same principle that enables the body to get well can also keep it well. They do not use chiropractic care as merely a way of regaining their health but as part of an overall,
health maintenance and enhancement program. They come regularly whether they feel good or not. They know that being adjusted will enable them to express more life in numerous ways, some we cannot
even imagine. We do know that you can have more energy, better coordination, more flexibility, a greater ability to handle stress, and a greater benefit from the food, exercise and sleep that you
All of this from regular
adjustments? Absolutely! Which of the above is not affected by your nerve system? Logically, a better nerve system, one free of interference, has to help accomplish all the above. How much benefit
depends upon you, but everyone will have a better functioning body with a good nerve supply.
Not only do, these people
come regularly but they also bring their families in and refer friends and relatives for chiropractic care. They know that it is far better to get someone under care while they are still healthy than
to wait until they manifest the symptoms of a lack of health. They want everyone to experience some of the benefits listed above.
As a health care facility, our desire is to see primarily the second category of patients. We obviously would not turn away a patient with a medical condition who wanted his or her subluxations corrected for a greater potential for healing. Everyone needs chiropractic care, people with medical conditions of any kind need regular adjustments as much as people with no medical problems, even if they need medical care at the same time.