This is an excerpt from Chapter One of Dr. Troy Dreiling’s book.
What Is Chiropractic?
That is a question that many people ask, especially as they consider alternatives to the medical practices of drugs and surgery. Yet, depending upon whom they ask, they will get many different answers.
In the past if you asked a medical doctor about chiropractic, the response may not have been quite positive. Today, however, many medical doctors not only refer their patients for chiropractic, they also choose this safe, natural and effective care for themselves and their families as well.
This is true because chiropractic education and research has come a long way. We spend as much time as a medical doctor, if not more, in getting our degree. We also are well versed in the health sciences including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, health formulas, nutrition and other studies that are relevant to the advancement of a proactive wellness model of true healthcare. The type of health care that assists in helping you restore and maintain your natural ability to be whole and well rather than cover up your ailments with dangerous drugs or controversial surgeries.
Studies have shown that in many cases chiropractic is beneficial and typically more effective than drugs or surgery. Studies have also shown that chiropractic is one of the safest healthcare treatments available. In my opinion, it should be used as the first course of care to help aid in restore life and health to the body and drugs and surgery being the last resort.
If you ask a chiropractor how to define chiropractic, we might get pretty technical and say something like, “The discipline of detecting and reducing vertebral subluxation” or “A science, art and philosophy which utilizes the inherent recuperative abilities of the body and deals with the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system and the role of this relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health.”
Yes, these are true statements, but what do they mean to the average patient? What does this mean to you? Later in this chapter, you will learn about the chiropractic vertebral subluxation (CVS) and the neuro-musculoskeletal system(NMS), but suffice it to say, at this point, that chiropractic is helping your brain and body talk to one another without any interruptions.
If you were to ask a patient of chiropractic the questions, you might hear something like, “Chiropractic has brought me back to a life without pain and with freedom of movement that I haven’t experienced in a number of years” or “I have noticed incredible changes in my body, mind and spirit since starting chiropractic.” Other patients will report improved sleep, better digestion and elimination, better exercise and nutrition.
What wonderful testimonials! And these are but a few of the things you might hear from someone that has tried chiropractic care. However, despite the glowing recommendations, it still leaves you wondering, “What exactly is chiropractic?”
Here is chiropractic in a nutshell.
- Your body is a self-regulating, self-maintaining and self-restoring organism.
- Your brain and spinal cord, “the central nervous system(CNS),” controls, communicates to and coordinates every organ, tissue and cell function of your body.
- Interference with this communication such as the vertebral subluxation causes dysfunction leading to dis-ease,dis-stress and then ultimately negative symptoms and or pathology.
- Removing this interference, with a specific chiropractic adjustment, restores proper communication and allows the body to function efficiently and heal itself.
So, a chiropractor is a doctor that can locate the vertebral subluxations and remove them through the use of specific adjustment techniques.
Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy. A diagnosis is made through testing and observation and then care is delivered based on clinical experience and continued training.
This is the same process that a medical doctor uses. The difference is that a medical doctor treats with drugs and surgery in order to deal with the symptoms of pain and illness. Chiropractic, on the other hand, works on the root cause by helping to remove the interference in the body. The approach to care is by making specific chiropractic adjustments to correct the subluxations and helping to balance the electrical communication and neurological disturbances in the body.
And what about the art and philosophy? Chiropractic is the art of restoring the body to its natural state utilizing many different techniques and styles. Healing injury or pain is simply a wonderful side effect of restore the body to a state of wholeness.
The chiropractic philosophy is the understanding that the body wants to function correctly and be as healthy as possible and that our bodies know how to do this and will do this as long as there is no interference.
Vertebral Subluxations, pressure, disturbance, imbalance or irritation of the nerves, is interference. Research shows that pressure/irritation on the spinal nerves causes the body to break down. Removing that pressure causes the body to begin to move towards a more whole and healing state. Chiropractic’s goal is to remove that pressure.