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The Tell Tell Of Chiropractic Care


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Back Pain can be Difficult to Bare. Low Back Pain can become Severe when untreated. You May need Chiropractic Care, The Right Chiropractor can make a difference

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The Tell Tell Of Chiropractic Care

  1. 1. ==== ====A Must See Video Before Seeing a Chiropractor! ====Before I begin, let me give you a little insight to where my perspective on the healing comes from.By training, Im a scientist. I am really good at looking at issues critically and deciphering facts andproblems based on factual evidence and sound theories. At the same time, I always had aninterest in alternative medicine and while I lived in Seattle for 5 years, I had the chance toexperience directly and learn various healing modalities such as naturopathic physician care,acupuncture, homeopathy, Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). Some of myknowledge comes from being the inquisitive patient, some comes from discussions with studentsof Bastyr College of Naturopathic medicine who I befriended while in Seattle. While in Seattle Ialso took several classes on Reiki, and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and hence I have theinsiders perspective on how energy healing works and what it can and cant do.I am a strong advocate of alternative therapies in conjunction with or sometimes instead oftraditional medicine. However, recently, I have been really bothered by practices of chiropractors(some not all) and I feel that there are many out there that take advantage of the general lack ofunderstanding of how the human body works in patients to keep their businesses going. I write thisarticle with the goal to educate moms on the good, the bad, and the ugly associated withchiropractic care, especially as many chiropractors now advocate for maintenance care not onlyfor adults but also for children.As you will see below, I do believe that chiropractic adjustments can be very useful, especiallywhen they are performed as part of the whole body healing, but unfortunately, when done inisolation, chiropractic adjustments often only set you up on a path of going, and going, and goingback to your chiropractor for more treatments, rather than getting well.The work of a chiropractor is to manipulate the spine to remove misalignments. Misalignments inthe spine are often referred to as subluxations. Traditional chiropractic philosophy is based on thebelief that misalignments in the spine are the root cause of illness. Hence they remove themisalignments in the spine with the hope that the illness will go away as well. The idea behind thistheory is that all body organs are connected to the spine through nerves. If there is misalignmentin the spine, it will cause a problem with the nerves and then other organs connected to them. Ifyou consider long term chiropractic care for yourself or your family, be sure that this theory of allillness originating from spine misalignments resonates with you. It doesnt with me. Here is why.The spine connects to joints, then to muscles and ligaments that support the spine and itsstructure. If there is a problem within the spine, the muscles in the close proximity to the spinemisalignment (and often not only in that region) will also be affected. Typically some muscles willbecome overly tight and some will become weak, as muscles work in pairs. This is whatscommonly referred to a muscle imbalance. In addition to the musculoskeletal system in your body,there is a biochemical system, and an emotional system. The biochemical system includes your
  2. 2. blood chemistry, hormones, vitamins, minerals, and hence this system is vital to your well-being.Emotions, including moods and attitudes have also been shown to contribute to and to aidillnesses. The musculoskeletal, the biochemical, and the emotional systems within our body arevery intimately connected to create our well-being or sickness. If we become ill, all of thesesystems will be affected and disease will manifest in all. I think its naive to believe that all diseasestarts from the spine. For example, if you never go out in the sun and eventually become VitaminD deficient, it is likely that you will develop problems in your spine since Vitamin D deficiency leadsto muscles weakness. This in turn will likely lead to spine misalignments. Similarly, severeemotional trauma, never addressed properly, over time may lead to sickness which will likelycause some spine misalignment. I believe that its correct to say that most illness will manifestitself in the spine, but that is not the same as saying that all illness originates in the spine. Onething to keep in mind is that the somewhat simplistic philosophy behind chiropractic and illnesswas developed at time when people had no choice but to eat minimally processed foods from localsources, before there were any chemicals in the environment, and at a time before drugs,vaccinations, and other environmental factors were impacting our health. In our modern society,there are other factors that contribute to creating illness, which must be addressed.In my opinion, removing the cause of the illness is the best approach for curing it. Finding thecause of the illness is often the tricky part. This is where a doctor with a broad range of expertiseand education is most helpful. Ideally, the physician you pick as your doctor is familiar with howdisease manifests itself in the musculoskeletal system, as well as in the biochemical andemotional system. Such a physician can best determine how to get all these systems back intobalance.Chiropractic treatments have the best chance of curing problems most directly related todisturbances in the musculoskeletal system of the body. Many joint, and muscle pains can beaided by chiropractic manipulation. The question is, whether the pain will stay away. If thetreatment is for an injury such as back pain due to someone lifting a heavy object in awkwardmanner, one to several chiropractic adjustments will usually get rid of the pain for good. Thereason is that the cause of the pain was the spinal misalignment, and once removed, the patient isusually pain free.What about chronic pain though? Moms often develop neck and shoulder pain from nursing andcarrying their children. Lower back pain and sciatica are also quite common. All chiropractorshappily address these conditions, but how they are addressed varies greatly betweenchiropractors.It is a very common chiropractic practice to manipulate the spine to try to get it back to its properalignment, and ask the patient to come back multiple times in a week, often for long periods oftime. The reason for the multiple return visits is not addressing the cause of the spinemisalignment. If the cause of the problem is not removed, few hours to a few days after theadjustment, the spine slowly returns to its previous state.Why? Because the muscles that are tight are pulling it in the direction of previous misalignmentand the weak muscles cant support the corrected structure. So the patient goes back to thechiropractor, and the process is repeated. 5, 10, 20, 40, sometimes 60 times, usually 1 to 3 timesa week over a course of weeks. Then once a week, then once a month. After all thoseadjustments, it is possible that the muscles over time slowly adapt into the new corrected shape
  3. 3. from the repeated adjustments, but typically if treatment is stopped, the spine will go back to themisalignment as the cause of the problem was never addressed by the chiropractic practitioner.Many moms I know have chronic neck or lower back pain, and all feel better after visiting achiropractor. The problem is that they need to keep seeing the chiropractor in order to feel better.The underlying reason for chronic pain is often postural patterns (such as forward roundedshoulders from computer use) and muscle imbalances (strong quadriceps and weak hamstrings inrunners or after pregnancy). Thats only part of the picture though. Spine misalignment can also becaused by and exacerbated by a food allergy, such as dairy intolerance, or vitamin deficiency. Themisalignments due to these factors can be as severe as from chronic postural patterns.Chiropractic adjustments will keep making the patient feel better after every adjustment, however ifthe cause is never addressed, the problem will keep coming back. In these examples, it wouldmake most sense to address the cause of the illness (vitamin D deficiency or dairy intolerance)rather than the symptom (spine misalignment).A good chiropractor should be able to determine what the cause of the muscle imbalance and/orspine misalignment is, whether it is purely structural or whether there is an underlying problemsuch as a nutrient deficiency, a food sensitivity, a toxic overload, or a hormonal imbalance. Thistakes not only a good chiropractor but an inquisitive mind set as well as good doctoring skills.These are not taught in all chiropractic schools, and the good chiropractors have usually had lotsof other training, for example in applied kinesiology.Hence in my view, chiropractic adjustments are useful to address some musculoskeletal issues.For sure, for acute injuries to the system. When it comes to chronic pain though, the key to gettingrid of the issue is addressing the cause. A practitioner who understands how the body works willuse a combination of spinal manipulation with physical therapy to address tight and weak muscles,and offer a plan on removing the cause of the ailment (postural habits, etc). This would be similarto the work of a physical therapist skilled in spinal manipulation. Often however even that is notenough. A chiropractor with a firm belief that removing spine misalignments is all that is needed totreat a person will likely keep a person with a vitamin deficiency or a food allergy in treatment formonths (and be unsuccessful). I think that is plain ignorant. To treat a person, all aspects of thebody have to be considered and for that a holistic practitioner acknowledging the whole bodyapproach to healing is needed. A good chiropractor will recognize the limitation of his or her workand will refer a patient to someone else if spinal manipulation is not producing lasting results.Long term Chiropractic CareMany chiropractors think that regular spinal manipulations are necessary to stay healthy. After all,in their minds, all disease originates in the spine, and hence small misalignments should befrequently removed for optimal health. It is not clear to me whether these chiropractors actuallybelieve this or whether they simply understand that they will have clients for life, as long as theclient believes that he or she should see the chiropractor once a month for optimal health. Ofcourse, services are not limited to adults. Many chiropractors now offer a family package and startadjusting children from infancy; For maintenance: once a month for the rest of their lives.Maintenance may be a good idea a couple times a year or after accidents to prevent the problemof "as the twig is bent, so grows the tree". However, there is more to good maintenance healthcarethan adjusting. The biochemical and emotional systems also need maintenance, and typically
  4. 4. people with more balanced chemical and emotional systems will need less adjustments to stayfeeling good. A good alternative to using a chiropractor for health maintenance is using apractitioner who can address the full spectrum of healthcare and preventive maintenance, such asa Naturopathic Doctor also trained in physical medicine.In summary:The good: chiropractic manipulation can be extremely helpful in reducing or removing pain, oftenchronic.The bad: Typical chiropractors address only the structural component of the problem. Some willoften guidance on how to stretch and strengthen affected muscle groups to help the spine inalignment. Most do not tackle the chemical/hormonal aspect of the problem which are often thehidden cause of spinal misalignments. There is also an emotional aspect of spinal alignmentswhich is rarely addressed.The ugly: Chiropractors often set up their practice with the intention of keeping the clients comingand coming and coming. Its not uncommon to see packages of 60 to 80 visits sold upfront: notonly for you - but for your entire family, whether they are ill or not!Optimal Solution: Finding a practitioner who understands the relationship between themusculoskeletal, biochemical, and emotional systems in your body, and can get to the cause ofyour problem. This can be a holistic chiropractor, naturopathic doctor trained in spinalmanipulation, or perhaps a chiropractor whos also an acupuncturist.Article Source: ====A Must See Video Before Seeing a Chiropractor! ====