Nobody really wants to learn the hard way. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to forgo that as far as our health is concerned. It’s relatively easy to get suckered into doing the hard way first. I know I have.
When we aren’t well, we try to fix it. It’s easiest to fix a problem using the tools that we are most familiar with. Even if that means we are using rocks to pound nails instead of hammers. In order to know which tool is right for the job, we have to know what actually needs the fixing.
Subluxation, misalignment of the spine diminishing nerve function, is one of the primary causes of un-wellness in the body. These diminished nerve functions and how they impact the body can have an almost unlimited negative impact on our wellbeing. If our body is no longer functioning up to its full potential, its chemical processes are altered. This is sickness. When we get sick we will traditionally go to a doctor or “suck it up.” Neither of these outcomes is ideal. By “sucking it up” we bury our heads in the sand and hope that it goes away, which almost always does not work. If we chose the alternative, we will go to the doctor and choose chemicals to change the dysfunctional process in our bodies.
It can be a leap of faith to rely on the testimonies and stories about patients responding well with chiropractic care. Even I can attest to that. Anecdotes and tall tales will quickly turn me off if there is no hard and fast evidence to back claims up. Fortunately, there are many examples of chiropractic studies and research that demonstrate its effectiveness. For example, consider high blood pressure. Many of us are afflicted with it or at least know a handful of people who have it. Conventional wisdom recommends lowering our sodium (salt) and taking drugs to lower our blood pressures. Some people require multiple prescriptions and their pressures continue to climb! Blood pressure increases are very frequently related to subluxations (there’s that word again!) of the upper most bone in the neck. This bone can actually physically misalign enough to put pressure on the vertebral artery and causes the body to increase blood pressure to overcome that!
In 2007, Bakris set out to demonstrate the connection between neck subluxations and high blood pressures. He took two groups of people with similar high blood pressures and gave one group chiropractic adjustments. The other group received no adjustment. After eight weeks, the blood pressures of both groups were compared. The group that received the adjustments had improved more than the typical results of taking two prescriptions while the other group remained unchanged!
Next time you pick up your handy rock to do that home repair, stop and ask yourself if a hammer might be the better tool for the job.