If you were to ask the average person today why someone would see a chiropractor, you’d likely hear something about going after a car accident or when trying to alleviate back pain. Rarely would you hear about chiropractic care for joint health, immune support, digestive system regulation or pregnancy care. Have you ever heard of someone going to the chiropractor to have their ear adjusted for an earache? What about “I’m going in for a shoulder adjustment”? Most don’t realize it, but chiropractic care encompases far more than simply back pain and car accidents.
How can a chiropractor claim to help someone with their digestion or arthritis when they primarily work on the spine? Everything is connected, and what most don’t realize is that the spine is the key for absolutely everything in the body. Everything.
The brain is the body’s master computer. It communicates miraculously to every part of the body within fractions of a second. The ability to communicate messages to the body is essential. Without proper communication within the body, systems cannot be managed and they begin to cease to operate. So the goal of chiropractic care is to increase the body’s communication with itself.
To illustrate this, say you were talking on the phone and you had an important message to communicate to the person on the other end of the line. But something is wrong with the signal. The person on the other side of the line only hears static, silence, or bits and pieces of the message you are trying to convey. Is the other person on the end of the line receiving the message in full? Of course not.
The same thing happens within the body.
Breaks in communication within the body are called subluxation. A chiropractor is specially trained to relieve subluxation through skeletal manipulation to restore effective communication.
Once communication lines are open, the body’s ability to facilitate its own healing increases. Certainly it is not the only factor in healing a human body, but it is an essential part of the process.
Many times patients will come to a chiropractor as a last resort, saying that their regular doctor’s methods are not helping, and in many cases they seem to be only causing more problems. Most doctors rather dismiss any sort of holistic care. Patients often times find that they don’t want to be taking a dozen medications, especially when none of them seem to be helping anything. They come to a chiropractor looking for a solution - any solution - to many of the health problems they are facing. Most of the time, they are pleasantly surprised, and relieved, by the results they experience.
The body can manage itself. It can heal itself. But it must be given the proper tools to do so. In addition, it must be able to communicate effectively within itself to its various systems.
That is why, as a part of holistic wellness, everyone that seeks to be healthy should be adjusted regularly by a chiropractor.