Every time I hear someone tell me that they believe in Chiropractic, I know they are trying to reassure me that they support what I do, however it always makes me laugh. To me when someone says that they believe in Chiropractic I substitute other words like I believe in Unicorns, Magic, Leprechauns, etc. My response to people that say they do not believe in Chiropractic is simple, you do not need to. Chiropractic is not a religion. It does not require your belief in it for it to work.
That is when they look at me with a quizzical look. If it required you to believe in it for it to work that would be called a placebo! I do not provide placebos I provide results, I get people functioning at a higher level. I want the people who do not 'believe' in what I do to come through the door and 'convert' them to Chiropractic believers.
Where did this notion even come from? Somewhere people got the idea that you needed to believe in Chiropractic, do people need to believe in Medicine, well in some cases maybe but that is a different story. This thought process is perpetuated throughout all of Alternative Medicine, that it is magical, some type of voodoo that cannot be explained and only works if you believe it will. I think here is where people get confused about what I do. There are Chiropractors who say some very outlandish things like they cure AIDS, cancer, MS, RA, AS, ALS, and every other abbreviated disease there is. To them I am going to have to call my own abbreviation BS!
I cannot heal your body, no Doctor or person can heal another person. The only thing that can heal the body is itself You can do things to aid in the healing process though. Think about a cut on your finger, if you do nothing it will heal with time. However take the same cut and put some Neosporin on it and a band-aid over it, the cut will heal faster. This is true with what I do. Almost all the nerves in the body pass through the spine at some point and time. Those nerves control messages that go to every area of the body sending and receiving message faster, more complex, and in greater in number than a computer deals with on a regular basis. These message control everything that occurs in the body from the blink of an eye, to the release of insulin, to the dry feeling in your mouth making you want a drink.
If there are muscles that are to tight, or segments of the spine not moving properly, I can have a positive effect on the body and with the way people do things today everyone has an issue. Will what I do have a positive effect on other things like improve athletic performance, increase the healing process, help the body fight off a disease? It is very possible, if those areas of restriction were preventing some degree of optimal function.
However, nothing works for everyone. There is no treatment in the world that will work on every single person. Take something like anesthesia, we have really no idea how it works. What we do know is that for some people it will kill them, some it has no side effects, some people it just paralyzes them. There are people who go into surgery, receive the anesthesia and are paralyzed but can still feel everything that is happening to them, that is some scary stuff Does that me that anesthesia is bad or ineffective, no it just shows that every person is different and should be treated as such.
If you only have a hammer in your tool belt everything will start to look like a nail. That is why I have tried and continue to diversify my knowledge portfolio to include things like exercise, nutrition, functional medicine, Chiropractic, Graston, ART, Kinesiotaping, SOT, and many more because it may help that one person get better and Wit does then the time and money were well worth it. Can I treat everything, not a chance. Am I perfect, no way that is why it is called practice; Chiropractic Practice, Medical Practice, Practicing Law, etc. It is as much an art as it is a science and philosophy.
Where does the `belief come in? Well I think it comes from a great deal of misinformation, lack of knowledge, and a narrow vision. I, partly because of the nature of my profession and because I am a lifelong learner, am open to many new and different things. I have tried Relki, it was pretty cool, I cannot explain how or why it works all I know is that when I was having it done to me that the person did not touch me and it felt like they had may leg from the knee down in a tub of very hot water. I felt amazing afterward. The same thing happens with Chiropractic, people go to their regular physicians and say the Chiropractor snapped my neck like this and then like this. Then they twisted me like a pretzel, there is a pretty good Simpson's episode that can show you what I mean.
Then the Chiropractor, if they are worth their salt, will provide some instructions on follow up care, what is expected of the patients and so forth. This is where the message will become lost in translation and people start to say crazy and outlandish things again. The point is to take it all with a grain of salt and go back to a trusted source to find out what is really going on. My wife and I have treated our fir share of other health care professionals from other 'traditional' fields and they tell us they had no idea what they do.
The next time you tell someone about your Chiropractor and they say they do not believe in it, look at them smile and say that it's ok you do not have to! Have a great day, by the way I was in no way trying to offend anyone's beliefs in Unicorns, Magic, Leprechauns, or on a serious note anyone's religious beliefs.