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Medical Treatment Versus Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is different. Always has been. Chiropractors and medical practitioners share a few things in common. Both receive many years of education and training. Both have practices. And both care deeply about their patients. But that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. Medicine and chiropractic have different operating philosophies. They have different ways of assessing a patient’s problem. And they have different types of treatment methods. If you visit our practice with medical expectations you might be pleasantly surprised. If you see a medical doctor and expect a chiropractic experience, there could be some disappointment. Here are some of the most common distinctions. It doesn’t make one better than the other. Just different.

Blood Versus Nerves

Medical practitioners rely heavily on the results of blood tests. Blood chemistry can detect a variety of metabolic diseases. Chiropractic is based on the condition of the nervous system. Chiropractors focus on nervous system integrity because nerve interference may be the underlying cause of many types of health problems.

Treatment Versus Care

A medical doctor typically has three treatment options. The most common is drug therapy to change blood chemistry. Then, there’s surgery to remove or modify organs and tissues. And more recently, radiation to burn tissues. These treatment options are primarily designed to treat symptoms while largely ignoring the underlying cause. The primary form of chiropractic care is the spinal adjustment.  Adjustments don’t treat disease. Instead, their intent is to facilitate more normal brain-to-body nerve communication. As nerve interference is reduced, the body is able to function as designed. Then, symptoms usually subside.

Side Effects Versus Positive Effects

Drug intervention most always produces side effects. Or more accurately, unwanted effects. It gets even dicier when you contemplate the interactions caused when two or more drugs are prescribed at the same time. People are like fingerprints. Every person is uniquely different and reacts differently to prescribed drugs. The side effects of chiropractic care are almost always positive in nature. In other words, a patient often begins chiropractic care for Problem A and later reports that Problem B, which they didn’t even mention, is improving too. Ask us about this.

The Body Part Versus The Whole Person

Because of the complexity of the human body, dozens of medical specialties have been spawned. These are experts who know a lot about a small aspect of the body. Thank goodness for specialists. Chiropractors see the body as a whole. We’re generalists. Our focus is on the spine and nervous system. Problems along the spinal column can produce obvious spinal problems, but organs, glands and tissues controlled by the nervous system at various spinal levels can be affected too. Broadly speaking, medical doctors are experts at lifesaving. If you’re bleeding, have broken bones or your heart has stopped, see a medical doctor. Immediately! But if want a partner to help you with natural methods to function and feel your best, see a chiropractor.

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