A recent article in the Chicago Tribune noted how, “Chiropractors are now established as mainstream health-care providers.” (Deardorff, 2009) In the article, the writer pointed out that the hands-on manipulations of the spine (which can be forceful as well as gentle) done by chiropractors have been proven to treat a diversity of issues, from asthma and digestive problems to colic and ear infections. Chiropractic is more than just a complementary form of healing.
Would it be so bad if chiropractic was kept in the same status as other “alternative” treatments? Yes and no. Today, many skilled and experienced chiropractors position themselves as holistic healers instead of just being people who do adjustments to the back and neck.
Though history has held chiropractic professionals as those who focus purely on musculoskeletal issues (back and neck pain primarily), many now indicate their abilities to treat a wide array of ailments – and even some initially viewed well outside of their realm.
In fact, many contemporary chiropractors describe themselves as primary care providers or healers who use holistic approaches to everything from chronic heartburn to difficulties with conception. And this is where many patients are confused.
Conventional doctors may not like to hear that a trained chiropractor is claiming to be able to remedy issues that they themselves are used to treating, but the medical industry, in general, takes a different viewpoint. And this viewpoint is in favor of chiropractors.
After all, in the U.S., Medicaid covers the costs for chiropractic healing. Professional athletes rely on them for a range of care, and it is believed that almost ten percent of the adult population of the U.S. currently receives chiropractic healing of some kind.
How can it actually work on so many issues? If you were to watch a chiropractor at work, you would see that they seem to read the spine. Using their hands they feel each of the vertebrae and regions of the spine. They can tell if something is out of alignment, if there is extraordinary stiffness, or if there is some sort of damage.
Because each bone in the spine has the duty of protecting nerves and the spinal column, it makes a lot of sense that even a bit of pressure on the wrong nerve could cause a problem or neurological malfunction. Alleviating such pressures would let the body begin to function normally. In other words, a qualified chiropractor can manipulate the spine in order to cue the body to begin healing.
If you know about holistic healing, you can see how this is in direct alignment with its principles. The body is a whole entity, and any one thing can cause a chain reaction of events that seem unrelated. The person with chronic stomach upset may suffer the condition because of a misalignment in the spine that causes interference with the nerves meant to control its functions.
If you are interested in holistic health, do not overlook chiropractors. Though accepted by many mainstream medical experts, they are still alternative healers with the skill to treat a wide diversity of issues.