The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes three fundamental concepts:
1. The body has a biological ability to heal within limits.
2. The biological ability to heal is regulated by the nervous system.
3. Chiropractic fixes neurology so the biology can heal itself.
Although chiropractic shares much with other health professions, its emphasis and application of neurology distinguish it from traditional medicine. Chiropractic philosophy gravitates toward a holistic (“total person”) approach to healing; true health depends on obedience to natural laws. Deviation from such laws can result in illness.
Widespread Use of Chiropractic Care
The increasing interest in alternative forms of care has caught the attention of several health associations and government agencies. A 1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that “the estimated number of visits made in 1990 to providers of unconventional therapy was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical nationwide.” Chiropractic was among the most frequently used non-traditional treatments.
A follow-up report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that the use of non-medical treatments had increased significantly since the 1990 survey, with “overall prevalence of use increased by 25%, total visits by an estimated 47%, and expenditures on services provided by practitioners of alternative therapies by an estimated 45%.” Of the survey respondents, 1 in 9 (11%) had used chiropractic care within the previous year.
The ABCs of Subluxations
Subluxation is a big word for a pinched nerve. Vertebral subluxations are displacements of the spinal bones (vertebrae) that can cause stress to your spinal cord and nervous system. Subluxations may be caused by poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise, injuries, auto accidents, sports, slips or falls, everyday stress and in some cases, the birthing process itself.
Chiropractic adjustments are very helpful in correcting subluxations and restoring optimal health.
If you would like more information about chiropractic care, contact our Kaysville office at 801-682-4003.