When a person seeks out chiropractic and is accepted for care by their chiropractor, it is essential that both parties are working toward the same goal. The main focus of health care is traditionally centered around one’s symptoms and the treatment or relief of their symptoms, thus the basis for relief care. Today, Chiropractic care is highly recognized for its ability to provide relief care and is commonly referred to as unbelievable in its ability to provide help where all other forms of health care have failed. However, although many chiropractors specialize in and are extremely successful with providing temporary relief care, this was never the original intended purpose for Chiropractic, as its founding fathers created it to be. From its inception, over 110 years ago, Chiropractic was designed to be a Proactive form of healthcare. The goal or objective of neurologically-based chiropractic care is to locate and identify the underlying cause of one’s health concerns and correct them at the source. A condition of the spine, known as Vertebral Subluxation Complex, interferes with the human body’s natural ability to heal itself. Chiropractors locate Vertebral Subluxation, analyze all of its components thoroughly, design a specific protocol of adjustments and exercises to correct Vertebral Subluxation, and, most importantly, educate you and your family on how to achieve a state of optimal health and wellness and how to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system for years to come.
To fully appreciate and understand the difference between chiropractic corrective care and temporary relief, and the importance of corrective care, let’s start by looking at the difference between “symptoms” and “warning signs”. The difference is best understood through a simple comparison. If a person sprains their ankle, and they experience pain in their ankle – this is a direct cause and effect relationship. The location of pain and the site of the injury are the same. This is a perfect example of a symptom. However, if an individual is suffering from heart disease and has pain radiating into their left arm – the problem is likely nothing wrong with the left arm! This is a classic warning sign of a problem with the heart. It would seem ridiculous – even foolish – to spend an immense amount of energy and resources treating the individual’s arm pain when the true cause of this pain is stemming from their heart.