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What is CHIROPRACTIC? Is it for me?
Chiropractic has helped millions of people recover from sickness, disease and disability and minimize the use of drugs and surgery in their lives!
The following is a conversation with Dr. Timothy Erickson on the topic of Chiropractic:
Q: What is Chiropractic? What is A Subluxation?
A: Chiropractic locates and removes a severe form of spine and nerve stress, a condition that puts pressure on nerves, unbalances your body, lowers your resistance to disease and weakens you, which is known as the vertebral subluxation complex. Subluxation is the most detrimental condition in the human body because it puts pressure on your nervous (master) system. Your brain can't control your organs and health properly with subluxation present, and that causes your body to not heal and function properly! WARNING: you usually don't feel subluxation in your spine! That is why getting checked is so important!
Q: What does a Chiropractor do?
A: The doctor of chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxation or misalignments using his/her hands, x-rays and other analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using various spinal adjustment techniques. Adjustments are the most important part of your care! The adjustments remove subluxations, (spinal cord pressure), and allows your body to heal properly and restore proper function. They usually take less than 2 minutes and can only be performed by a licensed chiropractor! Don't do it yourself or let someone who isn't a chiropractor touch your spine! Adjustments help you feel better, get sick less, move and look better!!!
Q: How do we get spinal nerve stress (subluxations)?
A: Stress can occur in infancy from a difficult birth or from childhood falls. Later in life, emotional tension or stress can gradually damage your spine or violent injuries from automobile accidents or sports can suddenly create misalignments.
Q: Who is affected by misalignments?
A: Nearly everyone at some time suffers from spinal nerve stress. It is often overlooked and it is for that reason that we all need to have our spines checked for this condition by a doctor of chiropractic periodically, just as we get our eyes, teeth and blood pressure checked!
Q: Is this going to work???
A: Chiropractic has been proven to work, time and time again. Read the literature and testimonials around the office, and check out www.DrTimErickson.com for patient testimonials. According to Rand studies, chiropractic is 92% effective!! However, you will get what you put into it! If you come here with intention of healing, you will receive it. What you focus on grows, so be sure to clear your mind and focus on yourself. Think about your body healing, your spine correcting and stress reducing. Come here to relax and put yourself first!!
Q: Why isn't everyone doing this???
A: Chiropractic is THE best kept wellness secret on the planet, and you have just begun your journey to amazing health, wellness and longevity! We want everyone to experience this, and they can with your help, share your experience!!! Our nation's health is extremely sick, it's not a coincidence that only 8% of the population experiences chiropractic.
Q: When was the first chiropractic patient treated?
A: Modern Chiropractic began in 1895 when Dr. D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic "spinal adjustment" on his deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard's hearing returned and Palmer thought he had discovered a cure for deafness. But as patients with digestive troubles, sciatica, menstrual trouble, migraine headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, back pain and many other conditions responded to spinal care, Palmer realized that he had discovered something truly special.
Q: How are chiropractic adjustments performed?
A: Chiropractors work with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. Chiropractors spend years of highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging the nerves which travel down the spinal cord and out through the spinal column to the muscles, organs and glands of the body.
Q: What are some of the conditions commonly helped by chiropractic?
A: All kinds of conditions are treated with chiropractic care, such as colds, ear infections, PMS, spinal or disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision problems, headaches, allergies, bedwetting, colic, high blood pressure as well as many others. Please remember, the goal of chiropractic treatment is not the treatment of disease but rather the enhancement of health through the reduction of spinal nerve stress.
The above list may seem long; as though chiropractic were a Panacea. The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred conditions. Please be mindful of the fact that chiropractic care is not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.
Q: Can I receive chiropractic treatments if I'm under medical care?
A: Absolutely! Having your spinal nerve stress corrected is important no matter what other type of care you are receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for misalignments by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. MD's and other healers cannot tell if you're suffering from spinal nerve stress and are not trained in correcting it.
Q: In Chiropractic, are there other components besides vertebral adjusting?
A: There are five laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity: 1) Proper nutrition 2) Adequate rest 3) Moderate exercise 4) A positive mental attitude 5) Proper nerve supply.
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying vertebral subluxation complexes in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.
Along with the quality of the air, food, and water you take consume, how you handle emotional stress, your inherited weakness and strengths, your use of drugs, exercise habits and relaxation, a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality, or a life of disease, weakness and disability.
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