By Dr. James W. Gregg
Chiropractic: Health Care Concerned with the Well-Being of Human Kind, Mind, Body and Spirit
July 24, 2001
“Chiropractic, in its scientific simplicity, is the link between the internal wisdom of life and the body.” This quote from Dr. Sid Williams, president of LIFE University in Georgia, couldn’t be more true. Chiropractic is based on the absolute science that every function in the human body is directed and coordinated by the nervous system. It is through this science that we know without a doubt that the body is a self healing and self regulating organism that knows how to heal itself from inside the same way it knew how to grow from 2 cells into organs, glands, muscles, joints, eyes, ears and eventually into you.
The Power that made the body heals the body. The body heals itself through the communication of the nervous system to the tissues in your body and guiding the correcting of any problems with the building of new tissue. It will do this as long as there is no interference in the nerve flow to the tissues in question. The chiropractor’s primary goal is to help the body tap into this amazing, internal healing wisdom by removing interferences to this nervous system called “subluxations”, which are changes in the dynamics of the bones of the spine, choking, stretching or irritating the delicate nerve tissues.
The results of subluxations cause sickness and symptoms in the tissues where these nerves go. For some the symptom is headaches, in others it is back pain, others Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Asthma. In children, subluxations may cause a block in the draining of the ear and cause ear infections. If a Subluxation is left uncorrected it can affect the structure and function of the joints of the spine, and thus lead to Scoliosis, or start the cycle of Spinal Arthritis.
Subluxations like viruses, can happen at anytime. They can be caused by repetitive strain injury, sports injuries, prolonged sitting at a desk or computer or long drives and more. Stress and the physical tension it creates can subluxate the spine. Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize for showing that 90% of our brain energy is spent dealing with the forces of gravity. The way we run, walk, sit and sleep are always affected by gravity, and the spine bears the most of this and can become subluxated if it has a stress put on it.
Many subluxations however are caused in childhood and show up as problems later in life. Learning to walk and falling, bumping the spine can cause subluxations, and many times the Birth Trauma, of the delivery pulling on the neck or forceps can cause lifetime spinal problems. Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct subluxations with specific Chiropractic adjustments. The adjustment is a specific low force intended to re-align the vertebrae, thus removing the nerve interference and restoring proper function of the spine. It is gentle, and is completely drug free. Three years of university education, and an additional four years of intense training in an accredited chiropractic college is what a chiropractor achieves to become a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiropractic is for all ages and a healthy spine and nervous system is a priority today, for healthier tomorrows. Recent published reports demonstrate the harmful effect of drugs used by the traditional medical approach to deal with symptoms. Forbes Magazine in January 1998 reported that “Tylenol Kills More people per year than Cocaine!” The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that “180,000 die each year from drug or doctor induced injury, the equivalent of 3 jumbo jet crashes every 2 days!” (Dec. 1994). Masking problems with dangerous drugs can be harmful to your health, and does nothing to enhance your quality of life.
Chiropractic is clearly an effective and safe, drug-free approach to better health. When we are feeling ill our mind body says “I can’t”, and our happiness, vitality, enjoyment of life and people, work and play, and relationships all suffer. When we are healthy, we attract new opportunities and possibilities. We have energy to play, to work, to give or to share with others. Illness costs our lives in so many ways. Healing with Chiropractic pays in so many ways by optimizing your health and quality of life.
At Gregg Family Chiropractic we believe in building a relationship with our patients, and becoming a ‘Health Coach’ , educating our patients about health and wellness, mind, body and spirit. Helping our patients live pain free, healthy lives by maximizing health with a healthy spine and nervous system is our mission. Visit your local chiropractor, or come see us. We would like to help you on the journey to better health, vitality and quality of life.
Chiropractic; health care concerned with the well-being of human kind, mind, body and spirit.
James W. Gregg, D.C.
Gregg Family Chiropractic
James W. Gregg, D.C. practices in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Gregg is a board member of the Chiropractic Awareness Council.