It is most important to note that every kind of healthcare available has its place. Opinions are all across the board in regards to what is the best, the fastest, and the most effective. Like everything, what works for one doesn’t always work for another. And that applies to every person, every provider, and every kind of approach to getting and staying healthy.
The fact that remains most prominent about chiropractic is that it works…period. It’s all about your body and your body’s ability to recognize injury, treat it, and move forward towards repair, growth, and healing. Or fall into a pattern of decay and degeneration, which is a progressive process in and of itself.
The primary difference between chiropractic care and standard medical care is that chiropractic care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing ability by removing anything that might interfere with normal neurological and biomechanical function, trusting that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside – a medication, a surgery or procedure.
Inside Out vs. Outside In
Let us talk about an issue of high blood pressure, granted there are multiple causes. In several cases a common standard medical approach would be to choose a drug that lowers blood pressure, and ask the patient to take the drug. This may serve to lower the blood pressure, but ignores the underlying cause that is making the blood pressure high, and runs the risk of side effects complicating the person’s recovery. Whether it’s a nutritional issue, faulty control by the complex neurological system or a manifestation of stress, the medication could decrease the blood pressure, leaving the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure unaddressed. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are such thing as “bad genes” and a medication may in fact be “the” only helpful component, but wouldn’t you want to, at the very least, inquire about what else beside a drug could be helpful to you?
The Chiropractic Approach
Wellness, or “Fitness” as I choose to refer to it, is a state of optimal conditions for normal function… and then some. The chiropractic approach is to look for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments would optimize the conditions for normal function. That environment encourages natural healing, and minimizes the need for invasive treatment, which should be administered only when absolutely necessary. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively, no matter what the condition. When the body heals well and maintains itself well, then there is another level of health that goes beyond “asymptomatic” or “pain-free” which reveals an open-ended opportunity for vitality, vibrant health, and an enhanced experience of life. This is true for mental and emotional health as well as physical health. While some people may suffer psychological disorders, creating an atmosphere of mental and emotional wellness will address all but the most serious problems.