If you ask people about chiropractic, odds are that you’ll get many different responses; some say it’s for neck or back pain, some say it relaxes muscles, others say that headaches are a good reason to see a chiropractor. The truth is, different people have different opinions as to what chiropractic really is.
Sources differ to some degree, but typically only about 10% of the population in a given community currently receive chiropractic care. Understanding this, it is not surprising that there are so many different, and some erroneous, beliefs about what chiropractic really is. Keep in mind that, as with any profession, different doctors approach chiropractic in different ways. Some doctors focus on pain relief, some on motor vehicle accident victims, some on pediatric, others on sports injuries. There are several different certifications that chiropractors can attain that is aligned with their purpose. The purpose of this message it to outline four basic premises that govern our health.
1. The living human body is self-healing and self-regulating.
We know this at some level, but just think about it. Every three to four months, all of our red blood cells are replaced with brand new ones. Every five days, our stomach lining is regenerated. We create new taste buds every 10 days. We get a new liver every year. The point is that our body is in a constant state of change and repair, but in order for the body to do this, it has to follow a very exact program.
2. The nervous system is the master controller of the body.
The nervous system therefore enables the living human body to run the self-healing and self-regulating program. The nervous system controls every organ, gland, tissue and cell of the body. There is not a system of the body that is not controlled by the nervous system. As long as the nervous system is intact and functioning without interference, our body should be functioning at its optimum.
3. Interference to the nervous system will interrupt the body from expressing itself.
It will not be able to self-heal or self-regulate. This concept is fairly straight forward to understand. If the controller of the body’s systems has interference, then the signals will have interference. Dr. Chung Ha Suh of the University of Colorado showed that even a small pressure (about the weight of a dime) on a nerve can reduce the function of the nerve by 60% and that the nerve will start to degenerate if the pressure is sustained for three hours. With such a small amount of pressure able to begin the degeneration process, it makes sense that we may not be able to detect that pressure ourselves. That’s why the absence of pain or symptoms are not a good indicator of health.
4. A chiropractor’s job is to remove the interference to the nervous system.
Removing the interference enables the body to resume its self-healing and self-regulating process. Think of nerve interference as “static” in the nerve impulses. The principled chiropractor is trained to detect and remove that “static,” restoring the proper neural tone. This essentially resets the nervous system and the body is able to self-heal and self-regulate properly again.
Thinking about these four principles can help us see our health in a different, clearer way. The problem is that we sometimes have to shift our thinking about health. It becomes clear that healing comes from inside out. When we break bones, the doctor sets the bone and places a cast around the break. That does not heal the break, it only stabilizes it. The healing takes time and happens from the inside. Every example of healing ends with the body healing from the inside over time. It can do this only if the nervous system (master controller of the body) is able to communicate clearly and effectively, with no interference. This is the essence of chiropractic!