Know Us Before You Need Us…The Misconception About Chiropractic
The First Truths
Blurred lines create the biggest misconceptions of what Chiropractic actually is. To set the record straight the very first recorded adjustment in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa was not for lower back pain or a headache. The first recorded adjustment in fact enabled a deaf individual to restore his hearing. Thus Chiropractic was born. Looking toward the spine for all disease in the body was NOT something new. Hippocrates, The Father Of Medicine, stated, “Look Well To The Spine For The Cause Of Disease.” Even American Indian hieroglyphics demonstrated ‘back-walking’. The sick would lie down and have their spines manipulated by the feet of others.
Blurred Lines Create The Misconception
The age of insurance creates and sets new demands. With the age of insurance beginning in the mid 1990’s there became an alarming rate of what they called “musculoskeletal pain.” One might say this was due to the changing lifestyle of desk jobs, diet, or just an accumulation of not taking care of ourselves. Either way, insurance companies started dictating what was necessary for the patient rather than the patient deciding for themselves. When pain would occur, Chiropractors had great results in helping patients; the insurance companies recognized this and did not like it. They would rather you get out of pain as fast as possible and never let you HEAL or ADAPT. The “quick fix” was a growing trend that was not dealing with overall health and well-being.
Education Is The Foundation To Correct The Misconception
Keep in mind that in the mid 1990’s pharmaceutical companies did not have the power they now assume. A pain reliever drug such as Tylenol was not even invented until the 1950’s and it started out just like all drugs as a prescription first. There was no such thing as walking to the gas station and buying a pain reliever over the counter. Regardless, if you use your Chiropractor as an expensive Tylenol, then you will only get Tylenol like results, aka temporary. Chiropractic is the study, art, and science of getting the sick better and keeping the healthy well. #getchecked