Chiropractic - More Than Cracking Bones

Chiropractic – More Than Cracking Bones

March 1st, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Chiropractic – More Than Cracking Bones

“The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs
and structures of the human body.”
(Grays Anatomy, 29th Ed, page 4)

The decision to use a chiropractor for one’s primary care doctor as well as chiropractic care continues to soar in popularity. Why? Because most chiropractors now promote more than just spinal manipulation. Whole body health and wellness as opposed to the conventional medicine model of just treating symptoms or crisis care is now offered by most chiropractors. The advantages of choosing a knowledgeable chiropractor as one’s primary care doctor are many with the main advantage being that the chiropractic focus is on wellness=positive rather than disease=negative.

Consumer Paradigm Shift Has Been Happening For A While

Research presented by Eisenberg et al (1) suggests that a paradigm shift continues to occur in consumers’ thinking about health and health care.  Eisenberg reported results of a survey of households, showing that in any year, approximately one third of US health and health care consumers use nontraditional healers, including nutritional therapy, homeopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and spiritual healers. There are more visits to these therapists every year than to allopathic doctors. Consumers are choosing to purchase these services because they believe them to be effective. Patients are frustrated with conventional medicine and complain of being unable to effectively communicate with their doctors.

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What Chiropractors Know that Conventional Doctors Often Forget

The nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the body. This is Anatomy 101.  However it is nothing short of amazing how many doctors seemingly forget this most simple fact. A good example is what happens when someone breaks their neck. The result is that usually nothing works below the neck. The brain is the source of all energy transmissions to every cell of the body. It sends those messages down the spinal cord and out nerves that pass between each vertebrae of the spine. If the vertebrae are misaligned, and the electrical impulses of the brain cannot reach the cells, the cells become sick. Many sick cells begin to make a sick person. Chiropractors are taught how to adjust the spine in a way that restores the flow of energy from the brain to the cells. Often these adjustments are all a person needs in order to experience very positive changes in their health and well-being.

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Chiropractic Care Research

Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) in 2004 found that a managed care network consisting of chiropractors as Primary Care Providers (PCPs) provided equivalent care, and saved substantial costs, compared to patient management utilizing medical doctors and osteopaths.

This study found that patient diagnoses by chiropractors as PCPs were in agreement with conventional medical specialist 93.1% of the time. In other words, a properly credentialed chiropractor could diagnose conditions almost as well as medical doctors, including conditions that are outside the normal scope of the conventional chiropractic setting.

The conclusion of this research was that “Reliance on the conventional medical model, in which pharmaceuticals and surgical interventions represent first-line treatment, may not provide the best therapeutic index to our patients.” The study’s authors added that a chiropractic gatekeeper (PCP) model of managed care “seems to demonstrate the potential superiority of an integrated healthcare system in which chiropractic and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies play a significant, primary care role.”

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

People have reported chiropractic benefits help to improve:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Ear infections
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Asthma
  • Blood pressure
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Organ function
  • Surgery prevention
  • Enhanced personal and athletic performance
  • Sciatica
  • Stress relief
  • Overall posture
  • Sleep

Research & Information

1.  Eisenberg DM, Kessler RC, Foster C, Norlock FE, Calkins DR, Delbanco TL. Unconventional medicine in the United States: prevelance, costs, and patterns of use. New Engl J Med 1993;328:246–52.

2. Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

3. Chiropractic Research

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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