What About Chiropractic?
Many people ask this question of their medical doctor when they find that drugs are not helping their problem but only masking their symptoms. So, what exactly IS chiropractic and is it right for you?
Chiropractic is true health care which leads to true wellness! Chiropractic is the foundation of the Wellness Revolution. Science tells us the body is a self healing and self regulating organism, and the nervous system is the master controller of the entire body, carrying life fore to all organs and tissues. We also know that interference with this life force is the sole cause of sickness and disease, and that the removal of this interference is necessary so that mankind can fully express his/her potential uninhibited.
“The chiropractic adjustment does not stop at how you feel better, but how you function better!”
If the joints don’t move properly or if the body is asymmetrical in relation to gravity, then there is interference with the nervous system which results in interference with the way the entire body works. This interference with the nervous system is called Subluxation. Chiropractic care assists the body to exist and function more symmetrically within a gravity environment. Chiropractic brings more balance to the body by correcting subluxations which is the main culprit for imbalance and poor function due to the interference of the central nervous system.
A chiropractor is similar to a mechanic for the body. Every person is like a car. Whether it is a brand new Ford of an older BMW, you must keep that care tuned up so that it will run more efficiently. By receiving adjustments and reliving pressure from the central nervous system, the chiropractor helps the body to run more efficiently. It allows the body to adapt more easily to our ever changing environment. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what it feels like to have a healthy running body, because they have never been worked on. Instead they live a life of daily stress without any tune-ups and wonder why their body “breaks down” without notice.
Cue to our busy lifestyle, we hope to take care of the cause of our problem as quickly as possible with the “Magic Pill.” Well if you haven’t already heard it or read it….there is no “Magic Pill!” True health care does not involve taking a pill. Due to the many serious side effects, medication often leads to ill health and crisis.
I would like to share a recent testimonial from one of my patients. Tim came into my office the beginning of last year, referred by a podiatrist friend of mine. It was obvious he was suffering a chronic state of severe pain in his right ankle. Tim was very skeptical about our treatments helping him because he had been to over 30 specialists and none of them could help him.
Tim tells his story…
”They could not explain the cause of, nor offer me any relief from an intermittent, but excruciating, pain in my right ankle that I have battled for six years. In spite of countless MRI’s, x-rays, and CT scans of my ankle, back and brain, two 3-phase bone scans, a venous Doppler, five electromyograms, six spinal injections, three nerve block injections in my ankle, and five ankle surgeries, I continued to suffer.
I was given several nerve-pain drugs, including Neurontin, Lyrica and Topamax, that not only failed to help but resulted in several very bad side effects (including nausea, fatigue, and muscle weakness). Vicodin didn’t help, not did Bextra (which gave me a full-body skin rash) not did 2400mg/day of ibuprofen, which led to prescriptions for Prilosec and Prevacid to protect my stomach. I had a very difficult time working and I could no longer do the things I loved most (e.g. hiking, hunting and fishing), resulting in a 35 pound weight gain. The consequent stress led to other prescriptions including Xanax, Lorazepam, Lexapro and Cymbalta (which gave me horrible night sweats) to treat the resulting anxiety and depression. You don’t want to know some of the things that I considered doing to stop the pain.
Then doctor #33, a wonderful podiatrist, sent me to see Dr. Edlund. Nothing happened overnight, but by the 12 th visit the pain stopped! I don’t mean lessened; I mean stopped! It was so strange not to hurt! I am currently continuing my treatments, and as of this writing, I have been pain and drug free for over sever weeks. It is nothing short of a miracle. I have started going on walks again, my work life is back to normal, I’m sleeping all night, I have a fishing trip planned (the first such activity in five years) and a hunting trip planned for the fall! How can I ever repay you for convincing me (which I’m sure you’ll remember, took some doing) to give you and you team a try? Your concerted efforts have given me my life back; something 30+ doctors from all over couldn’t do. God bless you all; I will be forever grateful”…..Tim.
Stories like this is the reason I get up every morning; excited to help the health of society by inspiring and teaching them to lead healthy lives. Thank goodness Tim never gave up on his quest for a pain free life! Thank goodness he is not only pain free but he is no longer taking multiple medications and suffering the consequences of those side effects. I tell my patients every day…it is never too late to begin your journey back to health and wellness!”
True health is the ability of the body to adapt to our changing environment and live at maximum human potential! Chiropractic is a profession committed to promoting drug-free and surgery-free true health.
Although Chiropractic is a very successful at eliminating many symptoms, the real purpose of wellness-oriented chiropractors is to create and maintain optimum alignment of your spine as well as aligning our lifestyle with the healthiest choices that will allow your body to function at its maximum potential. Chiropractors do not just treat a diagnosis or disease. Instead they inspire, educate and guide you to participate in your own health and encourage you to make better decisions for a healthier lifestyle. Like anything in life, you have to work to achieve true wellness and you have to work to maintain true wellness.
The choices you make today will have a direct impact on the quality of your life tomorrow. Chiropractic offers a solid spinal hygiene program or wellness care as well as personal lifestyle guidance to allow your body to experience maximized living! Chiropractic is natural, safe and best of all, it works!
If you are interested in receiving chiropractic care in Irvine, CA. Contact us at the office of Dr. Desirée today!