Chiropractic is health based, not symptom based, and, is about eliminating/reducing vertebral subluxations, not about pain relief. This is evident in the profession's own formal definitions and the formal definition of "Health".
"Chiropractic is the science of locating, and removing interference with the transmission or expression of nerve force in the human body, by the correction of misalignments or subluxations of the bony articulations and adjacent structures, more especially those of the vertebra column and pelvis, for the purpose of restoring and maintaining health." - Massachusetts Acts, 1966, Chapter 409, Section 89.
"Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health." - The Association of Chiropractic Colleges.
According to Dorland's Medical Dictionary, the definition of health is, "An optimal state of physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Vertebral subluxations occur in everyone's spine frequently and repeatedly. Many times subluxations can be "silent", not causing any pain or noticeable symptoms. And, there is no other health care practitioner or any discipline, be it yoga, pilates, stretching, barre, massage, accupressure, acupuncture, physical therapy, manipulation, etc., that can locate and eliminate/reduce subluxations properly via a spinal adjustment.
- Equating "no pain" with health, and "pain relief" with regaining health.
How do you explain that thinking when ALS, MS, Parkinson's, most cancers and a plethora of other conditions and diseases can fester in the body for months without any pain or symptoms? RE-read the definition of "Health", above.
- Using chiropractic only for pain relief, and after a few visits if pain isn't relieved sufficiently, claiming that "chiropractic doesn't work".
There are situations where chiropractic vertebral adjustments are contra-indicated and should not be done. However, aside from this...
Is there actual ignorance of chiropractic's true objective as stated above, or is it just being dismissive of chiropractic's true objective?
Do people go for physical therapy after an injury or post-surgery just a few times expecting the condition/injury/weakness/etc. to be eliminated or substantially cleared up? Isn't the frequency of physical therapy for many conditions long term? "Physical therapy works" all the time, every time?
Do people take medications for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and myriads of other conditions just a few times expecting the condition(s) to be eliminated or substantially cleared up? Aren't pharmaceuticals used very long term and lifetime? "Pharmaceuticals work" all the time, every time?
- Using chiropractic for pain relief, and after a few visits if pain is eliminated or sufficiently reduced, claiming "I don't need chiropractic again until and if any pain returns".
Was the formal definition of chiropractic read and understood? So, is it really ignorance of chiropractic's true objective as stated above or is it being dismissive of chiropractic's true objective?
Is this "pain relief only" and "temporary use only" attitude taken when using physical therapy or pharmaceuticals or medical treatment for other conditions?...Will it be done for cancer?
- "Watch out for the chiropractors that want to keep you coming in, they're just out for the money".
This is usually true for auto accident and personal injury cases. However, outside of such cases...
Isn't the frequency of physical therapy for many conditions long term? Aren't physical therapists' fees substantially higher than chiropractors' fees?
Don't most pharmaceutical prescriptions prices exceed the fee for a chiropractic adjustment? Aren't pharmaceuticals used very long term and lifetime? Haven't there been many instances of deliberate mis-representation about many drugs' efficacy - such as thalidomide and opioids - with the sole objective to earn massive profits for the pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors?
- "I don't care what they say chiropractic is for, I'm only using it for pain relief and that's it", or, "I'm only giving it a couple of visits and that's it".
Is that the attitude that's taken when a medical practitioner diagnoses a condition/disease and prescribes treatment, "I don't care what they say the treatment is for, I'm only using it a couple of times and that's it", or, "I don't care what they say the treatment is for, I'm only using it for pain relief and that's it"?
- "I'm afraid of chiropractic, of getting my spine adjusted."
Afraid of moving a few spinal bones 1 to 3 millimeters as opposed to using pharmaceutics with a litany of serious, health threatening side effects, or having surgery which uses anesthesia?
- "I don't need chiropractic because I take care of my back pain in other ways."
Isn't this addressed above, that chiropractic is about locating and eliminating vertebral subluxations, not about relieving back pain? Or are some people part of those "super humans" on the planet without frequent and repeated vertebral subluxations? Are people ignorant of chiropractic's true objective as stated above, or is it really about having a dismissive and apathetic attitude toward subluxations and chiropractic's true objective?
Is it understood that no other type of health care practitioner (massage, acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, etc.) can, and no modality (stretching or yoga or pilates or barre, etc.) can, properly locate and eliminate vertebral subluxations; that chiropractors are the only practitioners properly and formally trained to locate and eliminate vertebral subluxations?
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