Chiropractic and the Future of Healthcare

I have been prac­tic­ing chi­ro­prac­tic for more than 33 years.

In addi­tion to my exten­sive clin­i­cal expe­ri­ence, I’ve deep­ened my knowl­edge by keep­ing up with the sci­en­tif­ic lit­er­a­ture as best as a sin­gle per­son can.

Here is what I’ve come to under­stand:

I am cer­tain that chi­ro­prac­tic meth­ods have sig­nif­i­cant poten­tial to reor­ga­nize the human sys­tem to improve health and over­come ill­ness.  But to obtain the max­i­mal results from the chi­ro­prac­tic approach to health, the over­all health­care sys­tem has to be orga­nized to use chi­ro­prac­tic more.  Lots, lots more.

Chi­ro­prac­tic should almost always be part of a basic lev­el of care for near­ly every health con­di­tion.  In some cas­es no fur­ther med­ical treat­ment will be need­ed.  In many oth­er cas­es a patient will require a low­er lev­el of med­ical inter­ven­tion than they would have need­ed oth­er­wise, and/or the med­ical treat­ment will have more favor­able results.

The med­ical sys­tem in the Unit­ed States is exhaust­ed – finan­cial­ly, philo­soph­i­cal­ly, and, most trag­i­cal­ly, moral­ly – and wider use of the sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly up-to-date prin­ci­ples artic­u­lat­ed with­in chi­ro­prac­tic must be part of the process by which we return to a path of health.

The past decade or two of med­ical research has built an under­stand­ing of the crit­i­cal role the ner­vous sys­tem plays in reg­u­lat­ing health.

Every aspect of health – from your heart to your GI tract, immune func­tion, inflam­ma­tion, mood reg­u­la­tion, mus­cle and joint pain, and much more —  is now being scru­ti­nized from the per­spec­tive of the brain and ner­vous sys­tem.  In the emerg­ing sci­en­tif­ic view, every health con­di­tion, affect­ing any part of the body, will become bet­ter under­stood by also look­ing at the alter­ations of brain func­tion that char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly and inevitably accom­pa­ny it.

Mean­while, chi­ro­prac­tic, since its incep­tion in 1895, has been address­ing ner­vous sys­tem imbal­ance. Every spinal adjust­ment, con­nec­tive tis­sue treat­ment, and ther­a­peu­tic exer­cise offered in a chi­ro­prac­tic office has had a dual pur­pose – heal­ing the injured or dys­func­tion­al area while also rebal­anc­ing ner­vous sys­tem con­trol of health.

Chi­ro­prac­tic inputs – stim­u­la­tion of nerve recep­tors in skin, mus­cles, and joints – have a pow­er­ful influ­ence on the brain.  The next few years are crit­i­cal in deter­min­ing whether these sim­ple, well-researched, pow­er­ful tools are giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ful­ly address the health care needs of our soci­ety.


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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