Chiropractors have not always been accepted by the greater medical association. Up until the 1980’s, they were considered along the lines of “witch doctors” because there was no real pharmaceuticals involved in their practice. And since everything in western medicine revolves around pills and prescriptions, anything else was considered to be a lesser cure.
Western vs Eastern Thought in Medicine and Chiropractic Care
Eastern practitioners of holistic health have long been using spinal subluxation as a means of correcting vertebrae after injuries, overuse or anything related to injury resulting in pain in the back and joints of the body. Their practitioners took a look at the entire person and developed manual corrections for bodily conditions. These corrections started in the art of massage therapy, and have evolved into many effective practices, now more widely accepted by western medicine including chiropractic practitioners, massage therapists, acupuncture to name a few of the larger non-pharmaceutical therapies. We observed a Carlsbad chiropractic office perform manual adjustments to a patient and listened to the patient’s concerns and how they were addressed in a holistic way that asked deep and personal questions stemming back to the patient’s early childhood where injuries may have occurred. When a medical professional asks the kinds of questions that could change the way a patient is treated, they are getting into a more holistic care for the whole person. The reasons for this being problematic earlier on in chiropractic history is because many of the hospitals and doctors where people had been receiving pain treatment were funded by large drug companies (and still are), who didn’t stand to gain anything by the care of patients without medicine.
A New World and New Possibilities
While there are still quite a few scholarly articles pointing to the ineffectiveness of chiropractors, there are thousands of patients who tell otherwise. In fact, many folks get relief from pain after an adjustment which lasts for days, weeks or even months for many of them. And of course, manual vertebra subluxation is a means to a cure, not just a cover-up of something temporarily until the patient needs another pill. Thanks to doctors like the one we observed and the patients who went outside their HMO for years seeking treatments, this outsider practice is now widely accepted and is making growth by leaps and bounds in the medical world. If you are interested in the medical profession, perhaps in pre-med schooling, consider the benefits of a holistic approach to health and wellness found in many offices of chiropractors throughout North America today and growing.