EXPLANATION OF CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic focuses on the fact that your body is supposed to be self-healing. When you cut your finger, you expect it to heal. If you break a bone, you expect it to heal. When you catch a cold, you expect your immune system to kick-in and take care of the problem.
Your body is supposed to be self-healing. However, sometimes your body may need help. For instance, if you get hit by an 18-wheeler you may need an emergency room - or if you fall down a flight of steps you may need a doctor to help make repairs - or help put things back in place. Chiropractors treat a host of injury cases.
Here's the point. As soon as a person develops a condition which is not healing itself, it's time to find out why his/her self-healing mechanism is no longer functioning correctly.
For instance, most kitchen ovens are self-cleaning. If your oven stopped "self-cleaning," you could start cleaning it yourself. Or, instead, you could get the self-cleaning mechanism fixed.
The same principle applies to people. When people get injured or become sick - and are not getting better on their own - chiropractic doctors check to determine why the patient's self-healing mechanism is not functioning properly.
More often than not, we find that some part of the nervous system is not functioning properly. This may be due to nerve irritation, nerve blockage, nerve compression, or other factors. The nervous system is (directly or indirectly) the controller of all the other systems in the body - that's why we check it first.
As stated earlier, more often than not, we find at least some part of the nervous system compromised. When we locate the problem we apply the appropriate treatment to get it fixed.
Some patients have an area where there's a "weak link" - possibly due to an old injury or birth defect. In those cases there is a tendency for recurrence. A weak link makes it difficult to restore normal function to 100%.
Thus, it often requires more time, and more treatment, including rehabilitation, for the patient to become a self-healing mechanism again.
That's what chiropractic is really all about: getting the body to heal itself - to become self-healing. In the final analysis, that's the only kind of healing that's likely to last.
Consider this. There's a vital force inside the human body. That vital force is the difference between being alive and being dead. When your vital force is functioning in all parts of the human body - at all times - then you are healthy. When it's restricted, reduced, impaired, or compromised in some way - you get sick. And when the vital force is gone - you're dead.
Restoring vitality - to the different parts of the human body - is the purpose of Chiropractic treatment. We're concerned with more than clearing up symptoms. We do more than treat headaches, back pain, and other dysfunctions. Our goal is to get the human body back to its normal, self-healing state.
As patients better understand the principles of chiropractic, they realize that when something goes wrong, and it doesn't clear up right away - they might benefit from seeing a chiropractic doctor.
For instance, if you had an injured finger that wasn't healing, what would you do? You would want to find out why it's not healing. You would get it fixed - so that it can heal itself. Otherwise, it's never going to get well.
If you had a choice between two bodies - one being self-healing, and the other not - in which body would you want to live?