Recently I was reading an article about hypertension and the title of the article was “high blood pressure- the silent killer”. It made me reflect on my experience as a chiropractor and specifically how much I see patients stuck in the health care model of “pain care”. Most people are used to seeing the doctor only when they are having some type of health crisis. In fact this is what I see as the major problem in health care today. We are only seeking treatment when we have experienced a crisis such as a heart attack, a diagnosis of diabetes, or are in the middle of a bout of excruciating sciatic nerve pain. Only then do we seek out treatment and perhaps consider a lifestyle change.
I read an interesting article the other day regarding the World Health Organization and how it ranked the healthiest nations in the world. Health care in the United States is second to none, right? It’s the best system in the world, most of us would agree. You may be surprised to know that the United States spends more money on health care than any nation on the planet (13.7% of gross domestic product to be exact) yet we are no where near the top of the ranking of healthiest nations! In fact we rank a dismal 37th out of 191 nations. Does that make any sense to you? How could we spend the most amount of money per patient than any other nation and yet rank so low? I think the answer has to do with what I was referring to above, crisis care.
This country does very little in the way of WELLNESS care or preventative care. Recently I have seen a slight movement toward wellness care. But what does your medical doctor know about wellness or preventative care? I suggest you ask him or her. In my profession we have preached wellness care from day one. In fact I recently saw an amusing quote that a colleague shared with me that stated, “Chiropractors were wellness doctors when wellness wasn’t cool”, and that is so true. I remind patients in my office all the time that the first 50 years of chiropractic care (1895 to 1945 roughly) was NOT about neck and back pain, it was about health care. Patients went to the chiropractor because they were sick and they knew that they could get well if their bodies nervous system was working at its best. They knew that they could fight off illness faster, and even prevent illness from occurring in the future, if they maintained proper spinal health. You may be thinking how could it be that simple?
It is that simple. Subluxations—minor dislocations of vertebrae that interfere with your nervous system are truly the silent killers that deplete your health. When the nervous system doesn’t function neither do you! Why do I refer to subluxated vertebrae as the “silent killer”? Because most of the time they are painless for a significant period of time. You don’t feel subluxations in the spine immediately but make no mistake you will feel the effects eventually. And this can be in the form of many, many different conditions. Most subluxation based doctors do not care to hear about your condition(s), and will surprisingly tell you that. They will tell you that they do not treat “xyz” condition; they treat subluxations in the spine which deplete your body’s ability to function at its optimum. It’s not our fault that children will have fewer ear infections, recover from bed wetting or have fewer colds and flu’s throughout the year. That is the nervous system for you, it’s the master system of the body. When your nervous system functions interference free, YOU function at a higher level and you have a higher quality of life. It’s as simple as that.
If you were a patient that went to a chiropractor for a condition, and the condition resolved after a certain amount of adjustments and you dropped out of care because you thought you didn’t need it anymore I hope you reconsider after reading this article. Call your chiropractor and ask him or her if you could make an appointment to have your spine checked for subluxations. A good, honest, hard working chiropractor like most of us are will do that for you and recommend some type of infrequent preventative care plan for you. Maintenance prevents crisis. Could it be that simple? Could we really have a healthier nation if we all were under Chiropractic care? There is no doubt about it. It’s one of the most wonderful and yet frustrating things to know as a Chiropractor. People that are under Chiropractic care are healthier than those that are not. If you do not think this is so, just ask a chiropractic patient. Remember friends, simplicity is a sign of truth.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Brian Moravec