05 Apr 2016
Life is full of questions and full of decisions. One question I hear a lot, given my profession, is why chiropractic?
I think there are many different answers to this, and I could break this down into many more specific questions, but I think I’d like to deal with this query on a higher level. I often think the question is not, why chiropractic? But why should I see a chiropractor? Do I need chiropractic in my life?
Years ago I was sat on a train from Cardiff to Bristol when I was studying at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. At that time I used to read and listen to as many things as I could relating to healthcare and chiropractic, and I happened to be listening to a ‘Ted talk’ with a title along the lines of… new breakthrough within healthcare. The gentleman giving this lecture talked eloquently about the benefits of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of disease and preventative medicine for significant community disorders, and was hailing it as the breakthrough of the last few years. I couldn’t have agreed more. The thought that medicine was moving away from a ‘fix it’ mentality towards a more ‘lets stop it breaking’ mentality made me feel quite encouraged.
A significant cornerstone of chiropractic in my view relates to this. The idea of primary, secondary and/or tertiary prevention, maintenance of normal orthopaedic function to prevent or slow the processes of disfunction, within the musculoskeletal environment, falls cleanly into the remit chiropractic; to this profession.
The human body is outstanding, and the nervous system that controls it is powerful. It has the power to control everything we are and everything we can be. Our joints are constructed almost to perfection to carry out a specific functional role, supporting the rest of the system incredibly. With our standard of living being quite reliant upon these structures performing perfectly, it seems sensible to treat them with the same concern that we treat other common complaints. Practical reasoning such as, neurological and musculoskeletal issues being one of the most common complaints to a GP (see reference), also stands as sound reasoning to involve chiropractic in your life at some level.
I think, once understood, this could be a fundamental reason to investigate chiropractic and consider how it could possibly be of support to you. As chiropractors we are bound, quite rightly, by a stringent code of practice, so if you speak to us, or email us at Cullercoats Family Chiropractic for advice, you can know that we will give you unbiased, objective advice to help you make decisions about the care you engage in. But our opinion is simple - be informed, and from there your decisions will be clearer.
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Stay well, and thank you for reading - Daniel
ISD Scotland - GP Consultation Data Review.
http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/General-Practice/GP-consultations/ . Accessed 03/04/16