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.