What's the benefit to the Well Individual?
Is Chiropractic Care something that can help a person who is feeling well? For many of us, it’s when our backs are stiff and sore, our heads are aching or we’ve been in an accident, that we think about chiropractic care. That’s right, we do tend to put off caring for ourselves all too often so we don’t often think of the chiropractor until some part of our body isn’t functioning as it should, most often our back.
But what about treatments for the well individual? Is it a benefit to the well person, to visit a chiropractor when really nothing is wrong? You bet it’s a benefit and here’s why.
1. We may be missing something. We often think we are perfectly healthy because we tend to ignore subtle warning signs – and frankly just hope that what we don’t know will go away.
But, consider that the very nature of chiropractic is the belief in the body’s own healing properties. Quite often, we can have small problems in one area of our body and not even realize it until the effect is felt in a much larger way, somewhere else.
2. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between your spine and your nervous system. The spine is the structure, and the nervous system is the function. These two systems work in unison to keep and then restore your body’s health.
3. The word “chiropractic” is taken from Greek, and means “done by hand”. This is exactly how this more natural care works. It’s non-invasive. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to manipulate your body, and help it to heal itself.
It is the branch of the health sciences which focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. That’s a very big word to simply say how your spine and nervous system work together. The spine is the highway for your central nervous system; if the highway is blocked or traffic is jammed, that healing system may not be functioning as it should..
Many cultures, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Chinese, and even the Africans have used some form of chiropractic care for hundreds of years.
Why has it taken so long for this natural form of care to receive its proper recognition in western medicine? Because by its very nature, especially being non-invasive, it creates a divide between traditional, western philosophies and practices and what the chiropractor practices.
In the western culture, modern medicine has played the ‘senior’ role in our health care systems. Not many years ago, chiropractic doctors, as well as, herbalists, to name just a few alternative therapies were ignored or even mocked. It has taken many years, much evidence, and the demand of the general public to finally make progress towards the implementation chiropractic medicine as a realistic form of healing.
This is preventive medicine.
Chiropractic in the western civilizations however has experienced many hurdles on its way to becoming one of best forms of back care and preventive medicine available today. To date, much research has been done and much material published on the benefits and cost-effective nature of chiropractic treatment.
The number of Americans who seek chiropractic care has more than tripled in the last ten years, and continues to grow each year. It is a known fact, if you’ve ever visited the chiropractor, the philosophy works, your body feels better, it heals better, and you aren’t cut, drugged, and off from work for 6 weeks to recuperate.
It is interesting to note here, that chiropractors are still classified as holistic healers. In other words, they believe in the whole body approach to healing. So do the acupuncturists, and herbal healers.
Always feel free to ask your local practioners about their extensive training.
In West Kelowna, Dr. Travis at Health in Hand Family Chiropractic will answer all your questions.
In the Okanagan
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