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Posted on 09-12-2017
If you ask most people what a chiropractor does, their answer will be, “He cracks your back.” If you ask what’s called a “narrow scope” chiropractor the same question, you’ll hear, “A chiropractor reduces subluxations that impede the normal functioning of the spine. Once these subluxations are reduced, normal function can be restored.” If you ask a “broad scope” chiropractor, you might hear, “We use a variety of techniques that allow the body’s natural state of health to express itself fully.” And if you ask many conventional medical doctors, you’ll hear, “A chiropractor does very little at all, and nothing of any lasting value.”
Obviously, I don’t subscribe to the last statement, but none of the other statements is a full picture of chiropractic, either. Chiropractic is a science, an art, and a philosophy. It is a science that deals primarily with the spine and central nervous system. Like conventional medicine, it is based upon scientific principles of (1) diagnosis through testing and empirical observation and (2) treatment based upon the practitioner’s rigorous training and clinical experience. Unlike conventional medicine, which relies primarily on drugs and/ or surgery to heal disease, chiropractic uses manual manipulation, or adjustments, of the spine to correct large or small misalignments that have affected the proper flow of communication between the brain, the nervous system, and the rest of the body. Once the spine is realigned to its proper position, the nerves can do their job without impediment, and the patient experiences greater health.
Like conventional medicine, chiropractic is not just a science; it is also an art. Only in the case of chiropractic, it is the art of all things natural. The function of chiropractic is not to heal disease or even to relieve pain, although both of those effects may occur in the course of chiropractic treatment. Ultimately, the goal of the chiropractic art is to restore the body to its natural state, which is one of radiant health. In the pursuit of this art, chiropractors work with the body’s own energy, guiding bones and tissues that have been damaged through trauma or misuse back to their correct positions. When the bones and soft tissues are returned to their proper states, the vital pathway between the brain and the body is restored. Then the chemical, neurological, and mechanical processes of the body function as they are supposed to.
But perhaps most important, chiropractic is a powerful, rich, and meticulous philosophy about the causes of life, health, and disease. Chiropractic believes that inside each of us is an innate wisdom that wants to express itself as perfect health and well-being. Chiropractic’s primary focus is simply to remove any physiological blocks to the proper expression of the body’s innate wisdom; once those blocks are removed, health is the natural result.
I believe chiropractic philosophy has the potential to cause a worldwide revolution in healing, one that can bring a deeper understanding and create a safer and saner health care industry. But perhaps most important, chiropractic can make a difference in your life. It can help you grasp the true nature of health and disease. I know that for my patients and myself, chiropractic helps us to realize that health is a simple, attainable goal. With that knowledge, we can take control of our own health care choices on a completely new level.
If you’d like to read more about chiropractic, check out Dr. Lenarz’s book The Chiropractic Way, available on Amazon.
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