My patients will tell you that I don’t spend much time talking to them about nutrition because I don’t want to confuse people about what a Chiropractor is, and what we do. My focus is to detect and correct Subluxation in order to remove nerve interference.
However, in my experience, and research supports the following claim, proper nutrition is more important than exercise. But benefits of both are limited without a healthy nervous system, which is why taking supplements to boost your immune function and nervous system is critical.
After 14 years of being an Atlanta Chiropractor, I’ve seen my share of young patients seeking chiropractic care for various spinal issues. They’ve ranged from 3 months old to high school age and all have responded well to their care plan.
When it comes to spinal health, here’s a list of the 7 most common (and easily corrected) bad habits I’ve observed among young patients:
My patients often ask questions like “Can Chiropractic cure my headaches?” or “Can a Chiropractor cure my asthma”? The truth is, a Chiropractor can’t cure anything. As a matter of fact, no doctor, whether it be medical or Chiropractic, has ever cured anything.
To understand that, you must understand what healing, or curing, is. It’s very simply the creation of new healthy tissue. When you get a cut on your arm, billions of cells are destroyed. Your body heals itself by replacing those damaged, or dead, cells with healthy new ones. When you have a sore throat, you have sick or dying cells in your throat. Once your body replaces all of those bad cells with new cells, your soar throat is healed, or cured.
Chiropractic is different than traditional allopathic medicine in many ways. For starters, we’re a drugless profession. We don’t perform surgeries or diagnose diseases. And most importantly, real Chiropractors don’t treat symptoms. Symptoms are ALWAYS an effect and NEVER a cause. We also believe that the cause of any symptom is NEVER the lack of pharmaceuticals in your bloodstream.
When it comes to injuries, there seems to be a lot of confusion about when to use ice rather than heat. I often see patients after they’ve experienced an acute injury due to sports or a car accident. Many times the pain from the incident isn’t felt for days or sometimes weeks. And here’s why.
As a response to any tissue damage in the body, pain signals are sent to the brain over afferent nerves. Afferent nerves carry information TO the brain. There are 2 kinds of afferent nerves. There are Type A and Type C fibers. Type A fibers have a larger diameter and are covered with a conductive sheath which allows the messages to get to the brain much faster. These are called myelinated nerve fibers. Type C fibers are smaller in diameter and have no myelin. Therefore the messages over these nerves travel much slower. Pain chiefly travels on type C fibers in order to reach the brain. Temperature on the other hand travels primarily on Type A fibers. So why is this all important?
When you hear the word Chiropractor, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Pain relief, right? It’s true that Chiropractic does help with musculoskeletal complaints, but that’s not what has kept Chiropractic a separate and distinct healthcare profession for the last 118 years.
In the earlier part of the 20th Century people mainly came to Chiropractors for infectious diseases, such as Polio and Scarlet Fever. Chiropractic wasn’t found by relieving someone’s Sciatica. It was founded in 1895 by a man named D.D. Palmer when he adjusted a deaf man and he got his hearing back. Obviously a lot more there than just pain relief.
Here are 10 of the most popular reasons why patients seek Chiropractic Care: