As one who has been involved in many health care professions: as a Hospital Corpsman, Lab Tech, Paramedic, and a Massage Therapist, prior to becoming a chiropractor, I felt I couldn’t do enough for people. During my early days of being a doctor of chiropractic, which began in 1989 when I went into Private Practice, I was a mixed bag, therapeutic based D.C. Patients got massaged, EMS therapy (electrical muscle stimulator), U.S., Manual Traction Therapeutic exercises, Proprioceptive Neuro-Muscular Re-education, and more.
Then one day patients began to ask if all of that was really necessary, as they ‘felt’ better when I just adjusted them, but often felt fatigued when I did all the other ‘stuff’.
Then my biggest critic, my wife of 33 years, told me the same thing. She got injured lifting some things in the garden and I did the EMS therapy massage routine, and she felt worse, yet when I just “adjusted her” she actually ‘felt’ better.
So I quit doing adjunctive modalities, everything besides chiropractic, almost cold turkey, and advised patients I was only adjusting from then on. The majority were pleased, for one they were saving money. Additionally, they could get in the office and out sooner, which gave them more time for their busy day.
Why I chose chiropractic over all the other health therapies:
- Physical Therapy often does not work well without the inclusion of chiropractic adjustments.
- Chiropractic is neither massage nor manipulation. Even though different techniques may LOOK similar to “trigger point” massage etc, or gross cavitation achieved in performing an adjustic thrust may appear beneficial to the un-educated public, neither are what Specific Adjusting is for or about. In other words, massage cannot be used in place of chiropractic.
- It is the most aligned health care method with nature. It’s founded on Quantum Physics theory vs Newtonian physics of medicine. It deals with the energy or “Force” within the vertebrate, to keep it flowing without invading the system with needles, potions, or pills.
- It works with the Power which has animated man since the dawn of time.
The INTENT of chiropractic is NOT “Feel Good” therapeutics, but to help you fully express your Life Potential. The Chiropractic Specific Adjustment serves as a ‘source reconnect,’ so that the body’s communication highway is cleared of any obstruction to the Vital Mental Impulse transmissions which regulate all body systems important for life.
Chiropractors make no claims to cure any disease or disorder. We just “remove the interference, so the doctor in you can do the healing”.
The Innate Intelligence of the body knows what it needs and works at 100% at all times, in all conditions. It’s EXPRESSION of life is often dimmed, by spinal misalignment (subluxation).
Even the patient with Parkinson’s, M.S., Myaesthenia Gravis, Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, Coronary, A.L.S, Lupus, and the list could go on, all fair better without Spinal Subluxation (misalignment) present, which interferes with full expression of their Innate Potential.
Often times these patients, with regular chiropractic care, experience periods of remission in their condition, or even full recovery, as the true healing in any condition comes from within the individual. There are No Cures, but we ALL have an inborn capacity to HEAL.
It has been said chiropractors remove the interference (spinal subluxation) so God can do the healing. I believe that we are all made in God’s image, here on earth. Yet God controls all life on earth. He uses chiropractors’ hands to remove the nerve interference and works through each and every one of them.