It was not so very long ago that chiropractic care was intimately linked to the image of spines being twisted, pulled and cracked. People went to their chiropractors when they suffered from lower back pain and needed relief down the length of their spines.
Though this stereotype may have some validity on the fringes of the industry, the truth is that the face of chiropractic care is changing in a way that positively impacts chiropractic patients, practitioners and the way we view health care as a whole.
At its most basic level, chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses specifically on musculoskeletal system and nervous system disorders such as those affiliated with back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints and headaches. This care is delivered through spinal manipulation (also known as chiropractic adjustments), which then restores full mobility to the disabled parts of the body.
Certainly chiropractic care continues to focus on how the spine assists in the body’s functioning, but the role it plays in healthcare has certainly evolved from the days of snapping, cracking and popping. Today, the focus of chiropractic care is not simply on helping the back or neck feel better, but rather empowering chiropractic patients to embrace full-body wellness through non-invasive, painless and drug-free adjustments.
Most people would agree that our medical system is broken. We’ve become reliant on drug therapies and costly procedures to get better faster. The truth is that being healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune, nor should it require extensive and invasive procedures in a medical office. With chiropractic care, the goal is not to simply put a Band-Aid on a symptom. Instead, we know that the body knows how to heal itself, and that, when the brain can accurately communicate with the rest of the body, a myriad of conditions clear themselves up without drugs or surgery. All the body needs is someone to realize the spinal cord has been hindered in some way and fix that misalignment so that the brain can continue to send complete and accurate messages from the head down to the tips of the fingers and toes. In this way, the actual medical problems—which go beyond back pains and headaches and include everything from earaches, fibromyalgia and vertigo—are resolved instead of just masking the painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
Resolving a medical problem with no drugs, no pain and minimal cost really is a novel idea in a society that struggles through a healthcare crisis. And while all of those things make chiropractic an important part of the healthcare continuum, it’s something else that truly sets this field apart from others: We put the power of healthcare back in our patients hands. Some people call chiropractic a form of holistic care, and perhaps it is given the fact that we don’t rely on standard medical procedures, but our ultimate goal is simply to educate people that their bodies are powerful, strong machines that have the capability to heal and thrive with minimal intervention of foreign chemicals and procedures. It is said that knowledge is power, and when people realize that embracing chiropractic means they are ultimately in control of the way their bodies function and respond, that is a powerful thing indeed.
At The Specific Chiropractic Center, we are proud to practice pure, unadulterated Specific Chiropractic in order to deliver the highest level of results possible at the lowest cost possible to our patients. We are proud that our principles and practices have aligned us with Human Touch. If you or someone you love is ready to explore chiropractic as an option for getting and staying well, please visit our website at www.thespecific.com.