Health - How Chiropractic Works
For 24 centuries most of the world
has depended on the doctor of medicine to cure health problems,
yet the world is still sick and getting sicker.
But more than forty million
Americans have switched their thinking about doctors and each year
millions are switching. They are switching to Chiropractic.
Medicine became "scientific" with
the appearance of bacteriology. Since then, the education of the
medical man has centered around the germ theory of dis-ease and
has focused almost exclusively on germs causing dis-eases.
Although progress has been made in
the fight against germs, medical science is beginning to realize
that it is actually the degree of natural immunity, natural body
defense, and vitality which determines the success or failure of
Because the medical profession has
been preoccupied with germs, viruses and infections, the vast
majority of conditions, ills and dis-eases that trouble mankind,
have been ignored.
15,000,000 Americans suffer from
chronic headaches, another 28,000,000 have arthritis. Heart
disease is still the no. 1 killer. Chronic fatigue, high blood
pressure, stomach ulcers and nervous disorders still must be dealt
with. Hay fever, asthma, and sinuses make hundreds of thousands
miserable and sciatica plagues millions. Chronic backaches
increase every day.
Orthodox medicine has failed to meet
these challenges, while a new kind of doctor has emerged - the
Doctor of Chiropractic - the second largest healing profession in
Chiropractic gets sick people well
and prevents the healthy from getting sick.
None of the body functions "just
happen." Your heart doesn't just happen to beat. Your lungs don't
just happen to inhale and exhale. Your stomach does not just
happen to digest your dinner. All doctors know that your brain and
nerve system coordinate these functions which make life instead of
death, health instead of sickness.
It is your brain and nerve system
which causes your heart to beat 72 times per minute, 60 minutes
every hour, 103,680 times every 24 hours and pump 4,320 gallons of
blood through nearly 100,000 miles of blood vessels, thus
supplying oxygen and nourishment to every cell in the body, some
50 - 75 trillion of them.
Because your brain and nerve system
direct it, today you will breathe 23,040 times, digest about 3 1/4
pounds of food, drink and process about three quarts of liquid,
speak about 4,800 words, move over 600 muscles and exercise
millions of brain cells.
None of these things "just happen."
The nerve system - often called the Master System - controls every
function either directly or indirectly in your body. This makes
you a whole human being rather that a collection of parts.
The nerve system resembles an
upside-down tree. The main trunk is suspended from the brain and
the tiniest twigs end in the cells of the body.
Distribution of nerves throughout
the body is so intimate and extensive that if we could dissolve
away all other tissues, we would still see the form and
proportions of the body, made up entirely of nerves.
When the impulses flow smoothly and
unimpeded as nature intends, a person enjoys health and a feeling
of well-being. But when there is interference in normal nerve
function, there will be imbalance either physical, chemical, or
The spinal column is intended to
protect the spinal cord and the nerves leading from it. Should
there be any loss of structural integrity, curvature, motion,
restrictions and distortions of the spine, this could result in
imbalance called subluxation. This imbalance causes interference
with normal nerve function.
Structure relates to function,
function relates to structure.
HEALTH'S HIDDEN ENEMY
In order to enjoy sound health, the
individual must maintain structural balance of the spinal column.
Any imbalance in structure or function will result in lowered
immunity to dis-ease.
It is stresses and strains, knocks
and bumps of living that sometimes creates this imbalance. Just
look around you - heads forward, slumped shoulders, hollow backs,
protuberant bellies, rotated hips.
You can be sure these people suffer
from attendant health problems - back, heart, stomach, liver,
headaches, sinus trouble, sciatica, and ear infections are only a
few. They may suffer from any of the nearly 400 different diseases
or conditions caused by structural or functional imbalances.
Misaligned vertebrae which create
interference are called subluxations. A fall or injury may produce
subluxations. They may result from stresses or strains either
physically, chemically or emotionally which may overload the
nervous system's protective mechanism and produce subluxations.
HOW NERVES BECOME
An adult spine is composed of 24
moveable bones called vertebrae. Each vertebrae has the general
shape of a person's ring. The rings are stacked one on top of
another forming a vertical tunnel.
The delicate spinal cord - just
thicker than a pencil - is suspended from the brain and extends
down through the tunnel formed by the ring-like vertebrae. Smaller
nerves lead from the spinal cord through openings between the
vertebrae. These openings are called foramen. The nerves emerge in
pairs, one to the right and one to the left. There are 31 pairs of
spinal nerves. Each nerve controls a specific area of the body.
When the spinal column is in proper alignment, the nerves pass
unimpeded through the foramen. But when one or more vertebra
become misaligned, the nerve creates inflammation and irritation
which alters normal nerve function to that area of the body served
by that nerve.
Sometimes misaligned vertebrae
correct themselves. But most subluxations need outside assistance
for correction. That assistance is chiropractic care.
The principle of chiropractic was
discovered September 18, 1895 by Dr. Daniel Palmer in Davenport,
Iowa. On that day, Palmer was in his office carrying on a shouted
conversation with the deaf janitor of the building, Harvey Lillard.
Lillard was explaining in shouts to
Palmer that about 17 years earlier while working in a cramped,
stooped position, something had "popped" in his back. Since that
time, his hearing had become progressively worse.
Dr. Palmer, a curious, intelligent
man, examined Lillard's back and found a painful, misaligned
vertebrae at the spot where something had "popped" 17 years
earlier. He suspected a connection between the misaligned vertebra
and Lillard's impaired hearing....and reasoned that if something
had gone wrong in his back and caused deafness, the correction of
the misaligned vertebrae should bring back Lillard's hearing.
Using his hands, Palmer repositioned
the vertebra with a gentle thrust. Lillard's hearing improved
immediately. In that moment, Palmer made the breakthrough that had
eluded the greatest medical minds of all the ages...he had
discovered the cause of nearly all human dis-ease.
During the next few days, Palmer
continued the hand treatments on Lillard's spine. Within a week,
Lillard was able to hear as well as anybody and was telling
anybody who would listen about Dr. Palmer's hand treatments.
Dr. Palmer's fame quickly spread as
he proved that the hand treatments were effective in all sorts of
dis-ease disorders and dysfunction's. He became a world renowned
specialist in the spine and nerve system.
His research into the cause of dis-ease
had led him to the conclusion that misalignment of the spinal
column interferes with normal nerve function and thus, creates
alteration of structure.
IMBALANCE IN THE
NERVOUS SYSTEM CAUSES DYSFUNCTION
Everyone knows that if you cut
yourself on the outside of the body over time the wound will heal.
Everyone knows that pinched nerves
in the back can cause sciatic pain down the legs and that nerves
severely compressed cause paralysis.
Why, then, do some of us shut our
minds to the same pinched nerve theory when (for instance) the
lungs, heart, stomach or other parts of the body become dis-eased
? Such thinking is inconsistent.
Lung, heart and stomach conditions
need the same consideration that more obvious forms of paralysis
receive. Tissue deprived of nerve energy (impulses) cannot
maintain health without neurological guidance.
NATURE HEALS WITH
Chiropractors do not need to give
medicine to restore health. They know that nature provides each
person with a built-in druggist capable of compounding medicines,
hormones, enzymes and antibiotics. Just as there is a health kit
inside your body that heals cuts, mends broken bones and repairs
damaged organs...so is there a doctor on the inside who can
prescribe everything you need...in the exact dose needed...and
without harmful side effects. The human body is capable of healing
itself of every dis-ease provided nothing interferes with normal
The Doctor of Chiropractic works
with the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors were the first to
recognizes that spinal bones (vertebrae), twisted slightly out of
place (subluxations), interfere with the nervous system. This
creates altered physiology resulting in inflammation and
irritation. Chiropractors are dedicated to analyzing, locating and
removing the subluxation through the chiropractic adjustment. It
is through the chiropractic adjustment that homeostasis (inner
balance) is reestablished; and health is the result.
You'll find your chiropractor to be
an intelligent, scientifically-trained doctor. Many years of
professional schooling in basic and clinical sciences have given
your chiropractor the necessary background for discretion and
judgement in caring for their patients.
Your Chiropractor knows that each
patient is an individual...that each spinal column is
different...and that each spinal column needs specific
The Chiropractor is the only doctor
in your community with the know-how to restore normal nerve
functions, the natural way to lasting health.
That's how Chiropractic heals.
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