Family chiropractor near Woodland Hills shares who needs chiropractic.
Dr. Andrea Mills of Restoration Chiropractic is passionate about helping families.
As a family and pediatric chiropractor, one of the questions I hear all the time is “Who needs chiropractic? Isn’t it just for back pain? Why would someone take their child to see you?”
I understand the confusion. Our society’s view of health is that it’s an outside-in job. If you’re sick you need medicine. If you’re injured you need potions and lotions. We have forgotten that there is no doctor in the world that heals the body!
That last statement may rub you the wrong way. If so, hear me out.
Let’s take an extreme example, heart disease. Someone has heart disease and their arteries are blocked 80% or more. They have low energy, chest pains with exertion, and their quality of life sucks. Their doctor decides they need a stent and medicine to clear out the plaque. After the stent, their blood flow is better! The medicine helps clear out the plaque. People would say the doctor cured them.
But did they?
I argue that the doctor did not cure them, but simply managed the symptoms. The stent allows blood to flow again, and the medicine may clear out the plaque… but isn’t the person still at risk? Did the factors that created the heart condition get fixed?
The only way to truly cure this person of heart disease is for them to manage their lifestyle and get rid of the factors that caused the heart disease! And after they’ve done that, who cured them? They did, of course. Their own body fixed the problem.
And that right there is the answer to “who needs chiropractic?”
Your own body is stronger and more capable of healing you than any potion, lotion, or pill. The life force that runs through you starts in the brain as an electrical impulse and runs down the spinal cord and across spinal nerves to all of your organs and tissues. This is how your body stays alive.
As long as that communication is running smoothly, your body functions well. But what happens if that electrical signal is blocked? It’s like dimming a light. The electricity is still running, but not all the power is getting to your organs. Your organs will not function as well as they should.
Your body is so smart that you will feel fine. It compensates for the decreased energy and continues to work. But as your cells die off and rebuild (a natural process), what do you think happens to the new cells? They are developing with decreased power from the brain. Do you think they’re as healthy as the original cell?
Chiropractors find and correct subluxations, or misalignments in the spine that put pressure on nerves, interfering with the life force from the brain to the body. That is all we do. Your body does the healing. Who needs chiropractic? Anyone with a subluxation. How do we find it? We test your nervous system.
The following videos are old, but do a fantastic job of explaining everything you need to know about how your body works and how chiropractic helps it. Settle in, grab a beverage, and give me 30 minutes. 🙂
I hope you enjoy! And check out those sideburns! 😉