My first chiropractic adjustment took place when I was 2 weeks old. I had a fever and Dr. Taylor cured whatever was causing it. I can’t imagine how precise his rather large hands had to be to work on such a tiny baby. Later, Dr. Taylor also worked on a pinched nerve that kept me from walking and for which conventional doctors told my mother I was faking. Even though I had grown up around chiropractic medicine for most of my life, at ten years old, I became a true believer. With just a few adjustments, I was able to straighten and walk again without pain. I never quite got over the way I had been treated (as a liar) by those conventional doctors in town whose own limited training colored their belief.
Our town has been blessed to have a rich tradition of chiropractic care through the years, starting with Dr. Taylor, Dr. Stephens, Dr. Pope, and now, Dr. Rose. I have heard story after story of how these natural practitioners have saved countless people from pain and unnecessary medical procedures. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against standard medical care at all. But I strongly believe that chiropractic care is one of our best sources of non-surgical medicine.
One of the therapies used by chiropractors is Physiotherapy. This modality includes electrical stimulation, heat or cold applications, and ultrasound. Electrical stimulation has been shown to help extensively with swelling, fluid buildup, and general massage of an injured area. The most commonly associated treatments, adjustments, use small bursts of force to help restore the body’s joint function and relieve pain and pressure. The painless popping sounds heard during adjustments are, in fact, a release of tiny bubbles that have built up due to injury or immobility.
Since its inception in 1895, there have been countless personal stories and studies on the efficacy of Chiropractic care. Recent studies go beyond the assessment of its uses for back pain and joint release, to the treatment of many different ailments. The next time you’re looking for an alternative to traditional medicine, consider what may be available at your Chiropractor’s office instead.