Have you ever heard the phrase ‘alternative medicine’? Alternative medicine is defined as “any range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.” Many will say Chiropractic fits into this definition and should be labeled as such. But the fact of the matter is: Chiropractic is no more an ‘alternative medicine’ than medicine is an ‘alternative chiropractic’.
I use the following analogy sometimes with patients and potential patients to help explain why I use direct payment instead of going through a third party entity such as insurance in my office. This is only one way to look at it, and like all analogies, it does have some aspects where the analogy breaks down:
How do you approach the care of your health? Do YOU take care of it at all, or do you let others take care of it for you? Do you even care about your health? I think there are three separate ways in how to deal with your health and the questions surrounding its care.
I recently came across an advertisement in a magazine that caught my attention. The ad depicts a ballerina with her leg stretched high up on a bar, and in bold yellow print in the center of the page is the question: “WHAT PULLED HAMMY?”
A vertebral subluxation adds some detrimental prefixes to our health expression. What is a prefix? A prefix is a word or letter combination placed before a word to modify its meaning. A vertebral subluxation modifies the means by which our health is expressed; and it modifies it for the worse.
The most important objective instrument I use as an Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractor, is the K4 Thermoscribe. The K4 Thermoscribe, or K4 for short, provides a specific neurological test that I utilized on every patient visit. The most important analysis the K4 provides to me is the patient’s health progress and if an adjustment is needed. When patients ask me what I am measuring with the K4 Thermoscribe, my short answer is: “Heat.” A more specific short answer (and my favorite) is “Electrical Energy Resistance Heat.”
The majority of people think Chiropractors are just “back” doctors because we focus on the vertebrae, or bones of the spine. But the bones themselves are only half of the equation when it comes to understanding the what (science), how (art), and why (philosophy) of Chiropractic. Just understanding the bone aspect of our work is only looking at the ‘structure’ part of the health equation and ignores the equally (if not more) important aspect of health: Function.
This question was posed to me on YouTube and I wanted to share it with others if they have a similar question. Always willing to try and answer any question about Chiropractic I can, so please don’t hesitate to ask!
Question: “Can a series of adjustments correct a C2 subluxation FOR GOOD?”
As a Chiropractic patient you might be asking yourself: “If health occurs within, performed by the Innate Intelligence of the body; then what’s my role in the whole thing? What’s the Chiropractor’s role? Do the things I do even matter?”
To be a subluxation, it requires all the components of its definition to be present and identified. The only way to tell if all the components are present is to utilize all the instruments that answer the question: "What is it to be a subluxation?"
As a Chiropractor I am interested in the health of my patients and the community at large. We say and use this word “health” a lot; but do we truly understand its meaning and application?
Chiropractic is principled. Principled in what? Well, let’s start by looking at the definition of the word ‘principle.’ The word principle is defined as “a professed rule of action or conduct; a fundamental law or truth from which others are derived; a fundamental tenet.” In my opinion, if you are going to conduct yourself professionally, you must affirm your alliance to that profession and the fundamental tenets that your life’s work is based on.
The further I go along in my understanding of Chiropractic, the more I see that "3 is the key.” A large majority of the principles and practices of Chiropractic are configured into three parts. All three parts must be known and comprehended before the full picture can come into view.
The sun is the source of energy and life to the planet. Organisms like plants directly use sunlight to produce photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy.
Ever feel like your life is a little out of order? Disorganized even? Especially after the holidays? Want to start off the new year on the right track? January just so happens to be National Get Organized Month. But where to start? Well, I’ve always felt that the best place to start is from within.
It’s that time of year again to give thanks. I think it’s important to designate a day where we can reflect back on everything we are, and should be, thankful for. Giving thanks for what we have needs to be something we should do or be aware of on a daily basis though.
Some patients might have heard the phrase “Your power is now turned on!” after an adjustment or have used the phrase yourself as a chiropractor. This usually coincides with a lightbulb and a switch going from the “off” to the “on” position. This statement can be somewhat misleading. Was my power turned off in the first place? The answer: No… and yes.
The germ theory is what modern medicine hangs its hat on as the major cause of disease in the world. Many people today believe that viruses, bacteria and other pathogens cause most of the diseases in the world today. What if there were exceptions to that theory? If there are exceptions to the “facts” then how does it continue to have merit?
A seizure is the outward sign of a dysfunction in the electrical system in the brain. Seizures that occur more than once are called epilepsy (also called a seizure disorder). Seizures may be convulsions, brief stares, muscle spasms, odd sensations, or episodes of automatic behavior and altered consciousness.
I recently went on my second trip with the Kale Foreign Messenger Health Team to Nicaragua. The trip’s mission is to provide HIO Specific Chiropractic care to those who would have no other opportunity to receive this unique but surely needed health care. We work with some of the sickest of the sick cases out there.