Have you ever had braces on your teeth or known someone who has? How long it’ll take to achieve a corrected, straight set of teeth? 2 years? 3 years? Maybe 4 years? The good news is the time it takes to achieve a correction in your spine is a drop in the bucket compared to the orthodontist. With teeth, constant steady pressure over time is what initially corrects them back to normal. The same holds true for the spine.
You must remember that the body wants to be healthy and unrestricted. However, it is much like a tug-of-war between muscles, ligaments and tendons of the spine that have been improperly trained in the way they should be.
The chiropractic adjustment removes the restriction by pushing the bone in the right direction to help the body return to normal and if reinforcement occurs on a regular basis the spine achieves a state of correction and the body is able to restore itself back to health.
A spinal vertebra that is restricted in motion is like any other injury. It may also involve pulled, stretched or torn muscles and ligaments. In severe cases, such as automobile injuries, even ruptured joints. These injuries take time to heal. Studies show that damage to the nerves themselves take even longer. The problem is, many times this healing process is complicated or prolonged by old injuries that have developed arthritis due to age, poor nutrition, less than adequate exercise and stress. All of these factors add to minor reinjuries, further complicating complete healing and to slowing down of the healing process. Also, remember your spinal muscles have an actual physical memory which has become used to a certain position of the spine. To retrain this memory takes time and effort. But, consider this: Since your Lifeline (nervous system) is ultimately affected by your spinal condition, you think it’s worth the effort?
Have you ever heard of someone who never had a sick day in his or her life, drop dead from a heart attack, stroke or some other sudden sickness? Unfortunately, many folks today are walking time bombs. They are on the verge of collapse. Yet, at present they feel just fine. Many automobiles that ran just great yesterday sit in the engine overhaul shop today due to overlooked maintenance items.
It’s wonderful when you are feeling better. Please share that with us! Just don’t make the mistake of letting the symptoms be your guide. Many sudden health crises today could have been prevented yesterday.
An analogy would be if you have a lawn which is dying and turning brown. Treat the symptoms by painting the grass green (medicine). It seems okay, for a while. But the dying grass will soon disappear, leaving holes in your lawn. Treat the CAUSE by turning on the water supply to the grass. The result will be healthy grass, which becomes green and lush.
In fact, the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system are inextricably linked. Together they share tiny messenger molecules that mediate communication between them, creating optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately.
Until recently, one of these messenger molecules, IL-2, was thought of as an immune system molecule. But recent studies have clearly shown its presence and activity in the nervous system, leading researchers to believe that neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and can cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. The chiropractic adjustment frees up your body’s own defenses and healing capabilities by removing the nerve interference. Once the nerve interference is removed, the immune system is free to function as it should and a properly functioning body can heal more quickly when damaged.
There are many people today with multiple views of health problems that seem to have no solution, yet can be helped through chiropractic care; probably people right in your family or circle of friends. The only thing keeping them from getting the care that they need his lack of knowledge; nobody ever told them what chiropractic is and what it could do for them. The knowledge you now possess about chiropractic can be lifesaving to someone. PLEASE DON’T KEEP A SECRET.
More and more enlightened medical doctors today are beginning to understand the importance of chiropractic spinal care, but sadly, many doctors are still of the mindset of the body is best treated with drugs and surgery. Unfortunately, there is an economic side to this issue as well: If your body is getting well under natural chiropractic care, you are buying less drugs and requiring less other forms of medical care as well. Understand that drugs are multi-billion dollar industry in our country and anyone who is to heal without using their products risks rocking the proverbial boat. It is not good business. Sad, but true.
Another reason for a negative attitude exhibited by a physician is that many doctors have never had any one explain chiropractic to them. Try this: If a physician tells you anything disparaging about chiropractic, just asked him or her “Exactly what is chiropractic and what does a chiropractor do?” The answer to that question will tell you plenty. Your doctor in most cases is sincere and has your well-being in mind. But, many times the doctor has just been misinformed regarding chiropractic.
You may not know that in Europe many doctors are referring to chiropractors and doing research into chiropractic. One article published in “Manual Medicine” recommended that all children be checked by a chiropractor after birth. Pretty amazing stuff! Do you realize that in other parts of the world, doctors are paid for the service of keeping the patients healthy? If you get sick under this health plan, then it indicates that something went wrong with the program and the patient is treated until well again at no charge.
As a patient relatively new to this office and possibly to chiropractic in general, it is understandable that you would see a chiropractic clinic as a place to go find relief from a back strain, neck pain or headaches. But diseases such as asthma, allergies, ear infections etc. and other chronic illnesses are not seen as chiropractic concerns until a person becomes a chiropractic patient. Most people growing up in this country are trained to go to the medical doctor when they have a symptom or health problem. However, once the patients realize what chiropractic is all about and how it helps to get and keep them well, we do in fact become the primary care physician and find people consulting us before going in for medical treatment. The idea of a chiropractor being the primary care doctor and the medical doctor being the specialist might seem strange to you, but if you think about it, which profession is the more conservative approach to injury and disease?