No, I am not talking about 100's of thousands of deaths a year. That is what happens from poor medical care. I am not talking about millions of people getting sicker and more disabled each year. That, too, is the province of Medicine. The human cost of poor, low-level Chiropractic is more subtle. But being closer to home, it infuriates me that much more.
Let me define what I mean by poor, low-level Chiropractic. Remember that Chiropractic is a Science, and Art and a Philosophy. When there are serious deficiencies in any or all of these aspects, then you have low level Chiropractic.
Philosophy first. Chiropractic is based upon the vitalistic, HOLISTIC philosophy that the body heals itself and regulated itself, from Above-down, Inside-out. Your own Innate Intelligence runs everything. When there is an interference to this running, in the form of Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC), dysfunction occurs, leading to dis-ease, and eventually, disease. The mission of the chiropractor is the detection, analysis and coorection of VSC. We remove interference, and get out of the way. If you go to a chiropractor, or know someone going to a chiropractor, who is merely "treating" the low back pain according to the six visits allowed by the managed care company, well, you're not getting the real thing. If a chiropractor is doing physical therapy, like those idiotic disk decompression tables, or cold lasers, or various sorts of electrical stimulation, he or she is missing the point. A real chiropractor does not treat pain; he or she corrects interference... cause... allowing the body to heal. These low-level chiropractors? You will never hear them talk of subluxation, of Innate Intelligence. Thes things, which are the bedrock of Chiropractic, do not concern them.
Art. This is the actual adjusting. If a chiropractor is crude, unnecessarily non-specific, and tends to do the same adjustment, every time (and, if you ask around in that office, the same adjustment to everyone) this action ceases to be an adjustment. In its crudeness, and its lack of proper intent, it becomes a manipulation. Whole different thing!
Then there's the Science. If a chiropractor is not doing X-rays and neurological scans, and proper exams and re-exams, to actually evaluate VSC, where's the science? If he or she just cranks your back where you point to, that is noweher near Chiropractic. If you are not put on a plan of care, to begin to undo the years and decades of subluxation, if you are allowed or even encouraged to come in "when you need it," this is what I call Advil Chiropractic.
Advil Chiropractic is very expensive. Sure, you pay less that you would here, but what you get is virtually nothing. You will never get change like this. If anything, you will get some temporary relief. If if the chiropractor is relatively cheap, say $40 or $50 a visit, you can get the same result from popping a couple of Advil, at a cost of about 53 cents. (No, I am not recommending Advil.)
So, what IS the HUMAN COST OF POOR CHIROPRACTIC? Well, most people walk away from these experiences saying "I tried Chiropractic but it didn't work." Well, you went to a chiropractor, but you didn;t get Chiropractic. You got something else.
Those who get quick relief, and are happy with that, are unwilling to come to an office like mine to spend the time and money to free their nervous systems, allow their bodies to heal and to express more of their human potential... physically, mentally, socially. In the past, they've been ripped off, yet they think that I am trying to do that. No! I am delivering the real thing, straight Chiropractic.
So, these people will find one more low level chiropractor, and get manipulated, rubbed, gelled, electro-shocked, pulled, whatever, and never get their life-threatening Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) addressed. They will continue their spinal degeneration and their neurological degeneration. They will keep their old injuries and their old disease, which will worsen over time. They will continue to suffer from the devastating effects of taking their lifetime drugs, and getting surgery after surgery.
Those who fancy themselves as "alternative" may stay away, for a time, from the drugs and surgery, but their bodies will continue to deteriorate, sometime obviously, sometimes not, from the tragic effects of VSC.
Insist upon the real thing.
What do YOU think?
Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Corte Madera Chiropractor Exposes the Human Cost of Poor Chiropractic
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