A few weeks ago I was talking with a chiropractor that I graduated from Chiropractic College with. She told me her 3 year old daughter had been through more than a year of repeated ear infections and how difficult a time it was. After further discussion, I found that she didn’t try anything “natural” for her daughter, just repeated antibiotics which obviously didn’t do the trick. I was both sad and shocked. Sad for both her and her daughter and shocked that she kept putting her on antibiotics to no avail.
I guess I just assume that a Chiropractor would be more holistic, but obviously that isn’t the case and it really shouldn’t surprise me. There are chiropractors all over this community and around the country that don’t practice a chiropractic “holistic” lifestyle. They focus on pain relief only, and don’t care about wellness.
That’s just not my thing. There is too much value in chiropractic care, in removing interference from a patient’s nervous system, in giving them nutritional and exercise advice. I could never ignore that. Yes chiropractic can help with pain relief, but it goes so far beyond that.
There are so many different chiropractors around, all with different focus and specialties, which is both good and bad. It can give us a bad name when we are so different from each other, yet at the same time, it can also cause distinction among us. Dr. X can be great at relieving herniated discs, Dr. Y can be great in working with the elderly, and someone else can have another focus.
I love my patient’s and my practice, and choose to practice a wellness practice. Yes people come in for pain relief, but teaching ways to be more natural and holistic are things I value as well. If people can take better care of themselves, then they will have a better overall lifestyle – better posture, sleep, nutrition, exercise and a properly functioning nervous system. Had that 3-year old girl been a patient of mine, I would recommend regular chiropractic adjustments, mullein oil drops for the ears, garlic, warm compress, no sugar in the diet, and no antibiotics. The body has an amazing ability to heal on its own, and antibiotics just interfere with the healing process. Get adjusted, remove the interference and let the body heal itself.