|A Chiropractic Assistant's View on Chiropractic
by Brooke McClellan, Chiropractic Assistant (CA)
Have you ever asked yourself: Why does a person drink alcohol? To feel good; to cover up the pain. What happens after a person drinks alcohol? You get a hangover; you still feel the pain. Why does a person take medication? To feel good; to get rid of the symptoms; to cover up the pain. What happens after a person takes medication? The symptoms return, and you feel you must take more medication because you have not gotten rid of the cause.
Medications, among other drugs, are temporary solutions to underlying problems. Chiropractic is a permanent way to achieve optimal health for a lifetime. Your body was built to be perfect and run efficiently. When you take drugs or medication, they tell your body that nothing is wrong. Which is smarter -- your body or a pill? Which will last longer -- your body or a pill? How would you rather spend your time and money -- on your body or a pill? By taking drugs and medication you conceal the underlying problem which, in turn, makes the problem much worse. Do you want to keep taking medication or drugs over and over? This is a vicious cycle and only Chiropractic can help.
Symptoms are warning signs to underlying problems. A warning sign is given by your body to tell you something is wrong. Not everyone gets symptoms, only those who are fortunate. A lack of symptoms does not determine how healthy you are. For example, a person may not know if he/she has cancer or heart disease until he has symptoms -- he/she has a heart attack or a cancer, which is now large enough to detect physically.
Sometimes you may not have symptoms, but you can still have underlying problems. It is important that you do not focus on symptoms nor should you compare health to symptoms. Therefore, symptoms are not the problem -- subluxation (Sub-Luk-SA' Shun) is the problem.
What is a subluxation? A subluxation is a misaligned spinal bone that puts pressure on a nerve and keeps vital messages from being sent to and from your brain. When this happens, bodily functions slow down and your health decreases. Ultimately, your body cannot do what it is supposed to do--to heal itself and function perfectly. In order for the body to heal itself and function perfectly, you must get adjusted regularly by a Chiropractor. An adjustment moves the bone off the nerve, and allows nerve impulses (life) to flow. Continuing regular adjustments increases your health potential.
Causes of subluxations are the three T's: Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts. Trauma can happen from an automobile accident, a slip and fall, or even birth. Toxins are drugs, medication, nicotine, food additives, vaccines, antibiotics, bee stings and much more. Thoughts are emotions, such as anger, guilt, or stress. All of these things cause subluxations. Imagine how much pressure trauma, toxins, and thoughts put on your body year after year. This pressure literally "gets on your nerves". Chiropractic is the only way to get the pressure off the nerves and allows your body to heal itself.
Although Chiropractic is known for helping people get rid of various symptoms, this is not the intention of Chiropractic. Chiropractic focuses on interference to the nervous system by detecting and correcting subluxations. Your body would not operate at its full potential without a properly functioning nervous system. Chiropractors are not here to make you "feel" better. Chiropractic care allows your body to express 100% life. Is your body functioning at 100% life?
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Brooke McClellan is a Chiropractic Assistant at Thiede Chiropractic in Edgewood, Washington.