WAYNE M. FICHTER JR.: What do chiropractors know that you don’t?

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Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. What is the secret that chiropractors have known since 1895 that the rest of the population doesn’t? We know that a chiropractic adjustment is good for pain, but what about overall wellness and improved health.

The medical community knows the body is made up of 11 organ systems. They also know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affect every other organ system. Because sensory information is collected from all parts of the body via nerves and sent to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of the nervous system is extremely important to the quality health of the rest of the body.

Chiropractors realize that any misalignments in the spine can interfere with proper nervous function. Misalignments or subluxations in the spine are abnormal patterns in the spine. When vertebral subluxations occur, imbalances in the spine are the result, causing irritation and inflammation at the particular level. As a result, this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves roots. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.

This is the main reason why chiropractors should be sought out for improving overall wellness. Every time a chiropractor makes a specific adjustment, they correct a vertebral subluxation, the positive effects are felt throughout multiple organ systems simultaneously.

For years, scientific research has been focused on the use of chiropractic care for low back pain, neck pain and headaches. In fact, there is so much research that shows that chiropractors are now recommend as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. But, with wellness-based philosophies on the rise that focus on non-traditional approaches to health, chiropractors are one facet leading the way.

The symptom based model of health care is slowly fading. We no longer waiting to be sick before asking a health care provider’s advice. Instead, we are focusing more on the things that cause stress on our bodies, and what therapies we can use to address the mind-body connection for improved health.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control reported that the four most popular forms of alternative and complementary medicine were listed as: natural products, deep breathing, meditation and chiropractic.

The chiropractic core philosophy is about removing interference to the nerve system, so to optimization the brain- body communication network, chiropractic can be viewed as a therapy with an emphasis on whole body health and wellness.

Research is finally catching up to what chiropractors have known for more than 120 years. Recently, a study reviewed all the available research to date, investigators found that “chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measurable health benefits to people regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms.” So basically, more people are seeking what chiropractic has to offer: optimization of health and an improved quality of life.

As these research results show, chiropractors clearly have a greater role in your health and wellness than just treating back and neck pain. Chiropractic care should be considered an invaluable tool for you to not only help you feel well, but to also help you be well.

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Dr. Wayne M. Fichter Jr. is a chiropractor at Natural Spine Solutions. The business is located at 3913 Schreiber Way in Coeur d’Alene, 208-966-4425.

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