The story of chiropractic began by a man named Daniel David
Palmer on September 18, 1895. A
man named Harvey walked in and told Palmer his history. Harvey had been deaf in one ear for 17
years. He had leaned over and
lifted a bucket when he heard a pop in his neck and lost his hearing. Palmer considered the idea that the
spine might be involved and that properly realigning the spine may fix the
cause of the problem. Palmer knew
that the brain and nervous system controlled all actions of the body; therefore
it made sense that if there was interference to the nervous system then it
might be corrected by adjusting the spine. Harvey lay down and Dr. Palmer gave a quick and precise push
to his neck that created an audible pop like the one Harvey had heard when he
lost his hearing. Soon after the
adjustment Harvey’s hearing returned.
Word of the adjustment spread and people came from all around to see if
their ailments could be helped.
This new method of treatment became known as “chiropractic”, meaning
“done by hand,” and became widely known for helping sick people get well and
preventing well people from getting sick.
Chiropractic became so successful that medical doctors began
to notice they were losing money because people were choosing this new
treatment over medicine. Medical
doctors only get paid if people are sick and need medicine, so they did not
like this new method that got people better without the use of medication. In the 1960’s that AMA launched a
propaganda campaign to destroy the chiropractic profession. The AMA discredited chiropractic for
over 25 years until an anti-trust lawsuit was filed stating that the AMA
conspired to destroy the profession (Wilk
vs American Medical Association).
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of chiropractic, however 25 years of
spreading lies about the profession had done a lot of damage. Chiropractic has helped millions of
patients over the years, however animosity still exists due to various
misunderstandings. More and more
patients are using chiropractic in today’s society and the link between doctors
of chiropractic and medical doctors is improving tremendously as the health
care model is moving toward overall health and wellness.
Chiropractic works because it focuses on the nervous
system. The brain and nervous
system control everything in the body.
Everything. If your nerves
do not work right then you do not work right. The brain sends messages down the spinal cord that exit out
through peripheral nerves to all the cells of your body. Think of it like a power plant sending
electricity out through power lines to all the homes in a community. If something interferes with the
pathway, for example a tree falls on the line, the lights in your home will
flicker and go out. Similarly
physical, chemical, and emotional stress may interfere with the nerve signals
exiting out of the spine.
Misalignments of the spine may interfere with normal nervous system
function and cause pain, sickness, and other health problems. Doctors of chiropractic refer to these
misalignments in the spine as subluxations.
Subluxations are bad for your overall health and can result
in some serious health issues.
Unfortunately in many cases patients are unaware of a problem because
subluxations can be a silent condition, much like diabetes, cholesterol, and
blood pressure issues.
Subluxations can also cause symptoms such as headaches, pain, numbness
& tingling, etc., but perhaps the worst symptom is having no symptoms at all
because subluxations can silently rob you and your family of your health and
vitality. Yes, that is right your
family, because your kids are not immune to subluxations either. The average toddler falls over 30 times
per day and think about the tremendous stress placed on the body during the
birth process, not to mention all the other slips and falls along the way. Perhaps the best way to view the
negative effects of subluxations is to observe older patients who have poor
posture, extensive arthritis, and are walking pharmaceutical companies. The aging process is not supposed to be
miserable, however if you combine a lifetime of subluxations with stress,
improper posture, poor diet, and lack of physical activity you end up with poor
Chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals in the
world that are trained to detect and correct subluxations. Chiropractors have similar training as
medical doctors, however chiropractors elect to treat using manual methods to
bring the body back into normal balance and alignment to promote proper nervous
system function whereas medical doctors elect to treat using medication. I’m not saying medications are
bad. Medicine serves an important
role in our society, just like chiropractic. But is important to understand that taking medications does
not make you a healthy person and often times the side effects can make your
situation even worse. Think about
the drug commercial the next time you watch it – where it takes longer to list
the possible negative side effects than to tell you what the medicine may be
able to help.
Chiropractic promotes health and wellness through good
nutrition, adequate exercise, positive attitude, drinking plenty of water,
proper stretching and last but certainly not least taking care of your spine
and nervous system. Chiropractic
is a lifestyle choice much like diet and exercise. You don’t exercise or eat nutritious food for one day and
expect to be healthy the rest of your life. The same is true for chiropractic. You cannot expect to be perfectly healthy after just one
treatment. Chances are your body
has years of wear and tear that cannot be corrected with just one visit. Chiropractic is something you should do
regularly if you want to get the maximum benefit. Remember health and wellness come from within and your
chiropractor can help you achieve your individual goal of better health. How long you decide to benefit from the
advantages of chiropractic is ultimately up to you, but I recommend getting
regular treatments because you and your family deserve a long healthy life full
of energy and vitality.
Find out more about chiropractic and how it can benefit you
and your family by stopping by our office located on the square in
Greenwood Arkansas. 996-7693