Chiropractic, You and True Health
Your MD and Health
What exactly does being healthy mean? We use this term all the time. “I went to the doctor and she said I was healthy” or “My grandma is very healthy and rarely has to visit the doctor” or “I wish I could get rid of these aches and pains so I could be healthy.”
Chiropractic Treatment Effective For Fibromyalgia Patients
24 subjects, all who had fibromyalgia for at least three months, received 30 different chiropractic treatments combining ischemic compression and spinal manipulation. After treatment, subjects were evaluated for pain, fatigue levels and sleep quality. After 15 treatments, subjects noted significantly less pain and fatigue and improved sleep. After 30 treatments, subjects noted average lessening in pain and improvements in fatigue levels and quality of sleep. These improvements remained constant one month after the study ended.1
Have you ever really considered what you mean w22hen you say or think these things? “Healthy” is one of those words that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. In general, the idea of health between the medical model and the chiropractic model of care differs significantly. Ask a medical doctor what health is and they will likely say, “A state free from disease.” This definition does not state what health is, but what it is not. It is not disease. So, according to their definition, if you do not have a specific disease you are healthy.
Chiropractic Helps Infants Sleep Better
An observational study of children less than one year of age was conducted at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) teaching clinic in Bournemouth, UK. 117 infants were included in the study. The parents were asked to complete questionnaires about their infant’s sleeping pattern at the initial consultation and the 4th and 7th treatment visits. Improvement in consecutive hours of sleep, quality of sleep and the time taken to settle before sleep all showed statistically significant improvements. This study suggests that chiropractic management may have a place in caring for the infant with sleeping difficulties. 2
But, what if you have:
- Stomach disturbances
- Body pain
Unless there is a specific disease attached to these complaints, you are still considered healthy. In pain, yes. Healthy, yes. How can a person be healthy if they have health complaints? On the other hand, sometimes a healthy body does have health complaints. It’s true! At least if you think of a body that is acting correctly as one that is healthy. For instance, if you have eaten food and now have what is known as food poisoning, your body will respond by vomiting and getting diarrhea. This means that your body is functioning in a healthy manner. Yes, you have symptoms. Yes, you feel terrible. But your body has recognized the “poison” and is working efficiently to rid the body of this poison.
Crohn's Disease Helped with Chiropractic
Research published in the November 2002 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) demonstrates that chiropractic care may be effective in helping patients with Crohn's Disease. 57 patients were divided into two groups. One group was a control group that received only standard medical care for their condition. The second group consisted of 17 patients who also received their standard medical care but additionally received chiropractic care. The results were that 12 of the 17 patients who received spinal adjustments showed long-term and stable remission of their symptoms. 3
Other signs that some say show lack of health that can actually mean your body is reacting in a healthy manner include:
So, what is health if it isn’t about symptoms?
Chiropractic Health Is True Health
Chiropractic does not look at health in terms of what it is not, but in terms of what it is.
The World Health Organization defined health as “a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Studies Show Chiropractic Increases Wellness
A study by Blanks, Schuster and Dobson surveyed 2,818 respondents in 156 clinics. Those receiving chiropractic care self-reported improvement in health, wellness and quality-of-life. 95% of respondents reported that their expectations had been met, and 99% wished to continue care.4
Chiropractors understand the intimate relationship of a healthy body to the nervous system, which of course includes the vertebral column. The nervous system controls everything in your body. All your cells, tissues, organs and systems get information from the nervous system and learn what they are to do and not to do based on that communication. Since this is true, real health is about how well your nervous system can communicate with the rest of your body. That is why subluxations cause such big problems.
Subluxations cause a block of communication. This blockage causes a variety of disease and illness.
It is amazing how many people come to a chiropractor with a spinal complaint, only to realize that chiropractic care has resolved not only their back pain but other issues as well. Reducing subluxations creates positive results through the entire body!
Mechanist vs. Vitalist
Essentially, the medical model of health sees the body as a machine – a series of parts that need attention. That is why there are specialists – specialists deal with your parts.
- Cardiologist = Heart
- Gastroenterologist = Digestive system
- Urologist = Urinary tract
- Podiatrist = Feet
- Orthopedist = Bones
- Gynecologist = Female reproduction
- Neurologist = Nervous system
In order to “fix” the machine or “get rid of” disease, these specialists look to drugs to alter blood chemistry. In many instances this approach does not address the root of the problem.
Words Defined: Vitalist
The concept that the functions of an organism are due to a “vital principal” or “life force” distinct from the physical forces explainable by the laws of physics and chemistry. Chiropractors refer to that force as “innate intelligence.”
Those that see the body as a whole are known as vitalists. A vitalist doesn’t see the body as just a sum of parts, but realizes that the body has an “innate intelligence” – an ability to heal and the desire to be whole and well. Chiropractors are vitalists, along with acupuncturists, homeopaths and naturopaths, among others. The purpose of vitalist care is to restore your body to balance so that it can perform at the optimal levels. We do not merely mask symptoms and declare health when the symptoms are gone. Instead, we look for the root cause of the problems and work to eliminate that root cause. Generally speaking, chiropractors are both mechanists and vitalists, at least in respect to the following:
1. Mechanist: Chiropractors pay attention to the mechanics of the spine.
2. Vitalist: Chiropractors look at a blocked nervous system and how it affects the entire body, understanding that correcting the subluxation will allow the body to heal itself.
What Healthy Feels Like
Most people have no idea what it feels like to be truly healthy. We may understand what it feels like to be free of illness or disease because most of us have experienced one or the other. The difference between having the flu and not having the flu is significant. We can definitely define what it feels like to not have the flu!
Studies Show Chiropractic Affects More Than
Just Pain Reduction
In one British study, chiropractic patients’ most dramatic improvements were associated not only with pain reduction but with many of the factors that contribute to the quality of life such as sitting more comfortably, sleeping better, lifting, walking, standing, sex life, social life and ability to travel. These benefits became evident as early as 1-3 months under care, and showed continuing improvement as long as patients stayed under care. In other words, there appeared to be no end to the benefits of chiropractic care.5
But what about true health? How does that feel?Did you know that it is not natural to get sick and take medications? Did you know that having any kind of pains, aches or other complaints is not normal? Did you know that all the symptoms associated with aging do not have to exist? It’s true!
Chiropractic Helps Those with Migraines
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics followed 218 headache sufferers who were given either chiropractic care or drug therapy or both. Pain was reduced 40 - 50% in all groups initially. However, four weeks after all care was stopped, only the chiropractic group still retained the benefits, while those who received the drug therapy lost about half of their improvement.6
I hurt my back and was unable to work. After 3 months of medicine and therapy and many visits to different doctors the continued pain, burning, and numbness in my left leg and foot was not getting better. My next step after talking with doctors was back surgery. My son-in-law suggested I visit Dr. Rardin. After a little more than a month of ongoing treatment the pain, burning and numbness was completely gone. I was able to return to work. I’m so grateful to Dr.Rardin for his work, which other doctors could not do.
From a grateful patient,
A healthy person has no:
- Sleep issues
- Skin rashes
- Aches and pains
- Immense stress
Instead, a healthy person is full of energy, motivation and vitality. For over 100 years chiropractors have understood that the body heals itself. By correcting subluxations, chiropractors can help the body heal itself and rid itself of illness and disease. Removing subluxations also allows you to feel more energetic, less stressful and more at peace. Chiropractic allows true health to occur.
1. Wolfe F. The American Journal of Medicine, “The clinical syndrome of fibrositis.” 1986.
2. Miller J, Klemsdal M. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, “Sleep like a baby: can chiropractic care help improve infants’ sleep?” 2007.
3. Yasuhiko Takeda, D.C., Shouji Arai, D.C., Hideaki Touichi, D.C., Takayuki Mieda. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, “Long Term Remission and Alleviation of Symptoms in Allergy and Crohn's Disease
Patients Following Spinal Adjustment for Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations.” 2003.
4. Brzozowske WT, Walton EV. J. Chiropractic Journal of Australia. “The effect of chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioral impairments resulting from neurological dysfunction (part 1).” 1980.
5. Meade, TW. British Medical Journal. “Follow-up to Meade Study.” 1995.
6. M. Haas, G. Bronfort, R. Evans. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, “Chiropractic Clinical Research: Progress and Recommendations.” 2000.
7. Blanks, RH, Schuster, T, Dobson, M. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, “A Retrospective Assessment of Network Care Using a Survey of Self-Rated Health, Wellness and Quality of Life.” 1997.