Frequently Asked Questions
Who Should Go to a Chiropractor?
Who should go to a chiropractor? It depends on who you ask. For example, if you asked a person who was relieved of migraines he'd say, "Anyone with migraines should see a doctor of chiropractic." A child who no longer wets his bed will say, "Chiropractic is for bed-wetting." Anyone with menstrual problems should go," says a woman who suffered from menstrual cramps. Someone saved from back or disc surgery would say chiropractic is for people with spine, back or neck problems.
There are case histories of people recovering from nearly every known disease and condition under chiropractic care: heart trouble, hyperactivity, fatigue, allergy, digestive problems, colds, flu and hundreds or other conditions. Why?
You may be surprised to learn that doctors of chiropractic do not treat migraines or bedwetting or menstrual cramps or backaches or the flu or high fevers or any other disease. The goal of the doctor of chiropractic is to awaken your own natural healing ability by correcting the vertebral subluxation complex (or spinal nerve stress), one of the deadliest, most destructive blockages of life and energy you can suffer from.
By correcting the vertebral subluxation complex your doctor of chiropractic promotes natural healing, vitality, strength and health.
That's why, if you'd go into the waiting room of a doctor of chiropractic you'd probably see people with many kinds of health problems yet they are there for one thing only, to have their spinal nerve stress corrected, not to have their diseases treated.
Why Should I Go to a Chiropractor?
The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. --Albert Schweitzer
Chiropractic is now the largest non-medical healing art in the world attracting millions of people each year: housewives and movie starts, scientists and businessmen, lawyers and laborers, infants and the elderly, professional athletes and "weekend warriors" all come seeking the unique services that only a doctor of chiropractic can provide.
But millions of sick, suffering and dying people, perhaps living on painkillers and other drugs, or facing surgery, have never tried chiropractic care even though help may be literally around the corner.
Because having a healthy spinal column makes good common sense. If you're sick you should go to strengthen your natural healing ability. If you're feeling fine you should remember that spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations) are painless "silent killers."
You and your family should get your spines checked periodically to make sure you're living free from hidden spinal nerve stress so you're functioning at your fullest. Why wait for disease to happen before you begin to improve your health?
Should I go to a chiropractor if I'm suffering from a disease?
Absolutely! Chiropractic care will help turn on your body's natural healer and improve your self-healing ability. You'll be better able to fight whatever disease or condition you're suffering from.
Should I See a Medical Doctor or a Chiropractor?
As a general rule it is wisest to explore drugless, non-surgical methods of healing first, before having to undergo more extreme routes of drugs and surgery.
In actual practice many people go to chiropractors after they've gone through the medical runaround and are fed up and tired with the drugs they've been taking. Too often drugs only give you a temporary relief of symptoms -- after they've worn off the problems com back.
In an emergency, however, it is sometimes necessary to use drugs and even surgery, but one must be prudent about such extreme therapies.
Can I go if I'm under medical care?
Yes. Having your spinal nerve stress corrected is important no matter what other type of care you're receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. M.D.s and other healers cannot tell if you're suffering from spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations) and are not trained in correcting it.
Your Inner Doctor
The chiropractor specializes in analyzing your spinal column for vertebral subluxations and correcting them when found. In this way the chiropractor helps restore the healthy flow of nerve impulses between the brain and the body parts. The nervous system is what coordinates and organizes your body and when it is functioning without subluxations you are more organized, more balanced and more "whole."
In fact, the word health comes from the Greek haelos which means "whole." A whole body is stronger and able to heal itself better than an unwhole or diseased body. Chiropractors help turn on your inner doctor.
The Chiropractic Message
Chiropractic's message is simple: You have within you an inborn or innate natural healing ability that needs to be reawakened and unleashed. Your body is your best doctor! But the vertebral subluxation complex is a serious major stress that interferes with your natural inner doctor's proper function. You'll feel better, heal better and live longer if you have no vertebral subluxation complex inside you.
Periodic chiropractic examinations and adjustments by correcting the vertebral subluxation complex help promote your hidden healing ability.
Vertebral Subluxation Complex
If the spinal column is unbalanced the nerve system that it protects is placed under stress, is damaged and is not able to function at 100% capacity. That causes dis-ease or overall body disharmony or malfunction. It interferes with and damages your nerves, ligaments, discs and joints; weakens your muscles; and alters the energies to all parts of your body. Your internal organs may get less blood, even your brain may get less oxygen!
The most frightening thing is that you may have subluxations in your body for years without noticing any effects. Eventually they can weaken you to the point where you'd begin to develop lowered resistance and fall prey to sickness and diseases of all kinds.
Doctors of chiropractic analyze your spinal column and structural system for areas of vertebral subluxation complex. They rebalance and realign your body using chiropractic "spinal adjustment" techniques. Adjustments are painless and take a short time to accomplish.
Postscript: No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the silent killer, the vertebral subluxation complex, in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.
Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; you use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation - a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness and disability.
A healthy spine can improve your life - see your chiropractor for periodic spinal checkups.