Am I a candidate for chiropractic care?
May I take the liberty of using my own experience as a young man who was a medical patient?
After a car accident, in spite of our very well regarded family GP treating my debilitating symptoms for months, the symptoms did not subside.
A relative recommended that I try chiropractic, which I knew little about. I wondered: Am I a candidate for chiropractic care?
The chiropractor’s approach was very different. He explained that he would not be treating my symptoms as my GP had done.
Instead he would investigate if disruption to the communication between my brain and my spine related nervous system was causing my symptoms. If that was so, possibly he could correct that cause.
The GP had not checked to see if I had lost my full ranges of neck motion or if I had fixated vertebral joints in my neck. The chiropractor showed me that I had both. His x-rays displayed a loss of normal alignment.
He suggested that those vertebral subluxations may be creating my symptoms. By correcting them, he predicted that my symptoms would go. In a short time getting rid of the cause of my symptoms resolved my problem.
My original chiropractor and those I have met during my career share the obvious truth that chiropractic is not a cure all. We know that it has the potential to remedy the cause of a very wide array of spine related symptoms.
So going back to the question, am I a candidate for chiropractic care? If you want to investigate what is causing your symptoms and if possible correct that cause, chiropractic may be for you.
Australia’s 1977 Web Report noted a majority of chiropractic patients had previous medical treatment and failed to get a satisfactory outcome. Later they consulted a chiropractor about the same symptoms and most shared such a satisfactory outcome from chiropractic care that they would not hesitate to recommend ailing relatives and friends.
During my last 50 years, virtually all of my tens of thousands of patients share a history of medical treatment that focused on their symptoms. Later they wanted to know: 1) Can chiropractic reduce or eliminate the cause of my symptoms? 2) Am I a candidate for chiropractic care?
You may be interested in the range of symptoms that patients arrive with.
The subsequent examination aids in answering: Do I have a spine related symptom?
How one views the body dictates how one interprets subluxation related symptoms. My GPs focus was entirely on my symptoms.
As a chiropractor, I view the body as governed by a controlling inborn intelligence which uses symptoms to announce malfunction. Those symptoms will usually go after I locate and adjust the subluxation that is causing that malfunction.
My physical examination defines fixations which may confirm the account given by the patient of how the joint/s incurred excessive loading.
Over decades and internationally, millions have shared the similar sequence of medical treatment in which drugs and/or surgery failed to diminish their subluxation related symptoms.
Medical treatment can continue for as long as the subluxation continues to generate symptoms. Seen as a global pharmacy based market, locking millions of patients into ongoing wrong treatment for subluxation related symptoms has greatly profited medicine.
Conversely, if instead, ethical medical practitioners were educated to discover subluxation related disorders and to refer them to a chiropractor for resolution, doing the right thing could have cost global Medicine billions of dollars in lost ongoing revenue.
Millions of failed medical patients have gone on to have their subluxations located and adjusted with good outcomes. This is big statement: My validation changed my foundational beliefs and what flows from them.
Spinal motion units that are degenerated, or have been severely traumatised may never regain their former ability to bear stress. If and when that patient exceeds that motion unit’s lowered stress bearing tolerance, she/he may find that component is vulnerable to recurrent subluxations and their attending symptoms.
We all share a lifelong, personal responsibility to be aware of our own physical vulnerability and to avoid exposing that vulnerability, to chemical, physical and emotional self-abuse.
Ignoring that responsibility gives rise to many/most life style disorders. For many, lifelong health was once an attainable goal until they voluntarily exceeded their own emotional, physical and/or chemical stress bearing tolerance to a degree that eventually caused permanent harm or death.
According to the accounts by thousands of patients of how they acquired subluxations a high proportion arose from ignoring, or unnecessarily risking, their own physical vulnerability.
In the first instance, avoid acquiring subluxations. For those who have chronic recurrent subluxations; minimise them by using regular maintenance care.