How Does Chiropractic Treatment Work?
It is important for patients to realize that in the majority of cases the real problem is different than the pain you are currently experiencing. This is very difficult for people to understand when we are all used to taking medications for short term pain relief. Let’s take a quick look at how chiropractors look at problems and promote healing naturally.
There are several factors that lead to an eventual problem. The main factors are physical, chemical, mental and emotional stress. Chemical irritants include poor diet, alcohol consumption and allergy sensitive agents. Mental and emotional stressors are a total part of daily living. Physical insults can be anything from the accumulation of minor injuries called repetitive stress to major injuries.
So by the time a person finally comes to a chiropractor with what appears to be an acute injury, we as chiropractors understand that there is much more to the real underlying problem than just a sore spot.
In chiropractic we use the picture of the iceberg to demonstrate this situation. Your pain or injury is the tip of the iceberg or what you see above water. The accumulation of all the other problems and injuries are under the surface of the water. This is what sank the Titanic! Therefore treatment is based on trying to remove and correct all the other stuff that has accumulated, which is what has brought you to the point of so much discomfort
Restoring you to better health is about clearing away the complete iceberg, not just addressing the pain at the tip of the iceberg.
The reason for a series of treatments is to apply a specific demand to which the body must respond to, in order to change. This has been called the S.A.I.D principle, or Specific Adaptation to an Imposed Demand. Chiropractic treatment is much like going to the gym. You can’t just exercise 3 times and then go home and wait for your muscles to grow. That’s plain silly. In order for your body to respond it must be challenged and made to stimulate a response. Hence, the need for a series of spinal treatments and soft tissue therapy treatments.
If you can understand this concept you are well on your way to getting better results and enjoying better health. If you would like to post a reply or have a question I do read them all.
Dr. Frank Martin is an Elmwood, New Brunswick chiropractor who has been practicing for over thirty years.