A Better and Safer Way to Treat Health Problems
When I was in chiropractic school in the 90s, I learned that traditional chiropractic care had the potential to address problems at the level of their cause rather than trying to eliminate symptoms. As an example, someone with pain and numbness in the arm comes for an evaluation and it’s discovered that there is no problem with the arm itself.
Examination reveals the problem is coming from their neck where a subluxation (abnormally functioning joint) is resulting in pressure or irritation to a nerve that travels down the arm. If we correct the problem with the neck, we have addressed the cause and the arm symptoms resolve.
This is obviously far better than taking pain killers with the expectation that the arm problem will be solved that way. Even all-natural approaches such as massaging or adjusting the arm itself will fail; we know the origin is in the cervical spine.
Getting to the root cause has always been my intention and course of action. This is why I utilize exercise, orthotics, food, and other lifestyle components to remove or repair causative factors. The role of food and nutrients in our health has always fascinated me. I’ve been a continual student of natural health science which explores non-toxic approaches to preventing and treating illness. Functional medicine and functional nutrition have been evolving fields for many years now. They, like the foundation of chiropractic, seek to find the root source of ill health, or dis-ease if you like that term.
In another system we’re all familiar with, the most common approach is to get rid of symptoms by overriding our natural functions with the use of synthetic chemicals or surgery. It’s pretty clear from overall health statistics in the developed world that this approach isn’t producing healthier societies but does foster drug use and abuse that cause new and worse problems.
Want to keep reading and learn more? Here are some key concepts of my functional work:
1) The functional approach addresses the individual’s strengths and weaknesses rather than the disease itself. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body without drugs, instead of attacking disease directly.
2) This approach is based on science and clinical success which is borne out in it’s results.
3) Just as we heal from a nasty cut, our cells have an innate intelligence that allows us to heal from pathology such as cancer…every day. This is how we are protected from and heal from illnesses we don’t even realize have entered our bodies.
4) Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.
Instead of asking, “What drug matches up with this disease?” the functional approach asks the uncommon questions: “Why do you have this problem in the first place?” and “How do I identify and make sense of my body’s complex response to this problem?” and finally, “How do I restore things to normal?”