Chiropractic Health Care
|Enhancing Your Lifestyle
Chiropractic care provides the foundation for good health. Additionally, it's important to incorporate healthy behaviors in our daily lifestyle, including regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Although it is common knowledge that good nutrition and exercise are vital for long-term health, very few people actually make these two factors a priority in their lives. Less than 20% of American adults perform 30 minutes of exercise four or five times each week. An astounding 65% of Americans are obese or overweight. The unfortunate result of this predominant unhealthy lifestyle are epidemics of heart disease and diabetes.
The positive news is that people can choose to begin a healthy lifestyle at any time, and reap substantial benefits from it. But the choice has to come from within. No one is going to make healthy choices and take action day after day just because they think they "have to". Choosing health is something that a person has to choose for themselves, and then follow it up with action.
When a person chooses to be healthy and makes a consistent effort to support that, good things begin to happen in all areas of their life.
In recent years there has been overwhelming, and at times very heated, debate regarding health care in the United States.1-2 There are many conflicting opinions as to the best way to solve American's health care crisis. Those who would like to see very broad reforms will describe the many significant problems in our current health care "system". Those who oppose a big overhaul are concerned about the serious downsides of changing to a "socialized medicine" type system. No matter the outcome, chiropractic health care continues to address many of the very real shortcomings that are inherent in our current health care system.
With chiropractic care, the primary focus is on the patient. This differs from the majority of the medical system which tends to focus more on the profit-taking bottom line. With the medical system, necessary services are very often denied coverage while unnecessary services are prescribed, all in an effort to increase profits. Chiropractic care has one goal in mind - to help the patient be healthy and get well as quickly as possible. Other forms of health care talk the talk, but chiropractic walks the walk. Chiropractic health care truly is centered on the patient.
Chiropractic care is also much more personalized. In a chiropractic office, the patients feel like they are part of the family. Chiropractic physicians will take time to talk with their patients, asking the necessary questions and addressing their concerns. Chiropractic patients don't feel rushed. They don't feel like their doctor's top priority is getting through each patient visit as quickly as possible so they can move on to the next one. Patients who are new to chiropractic care are often surprised at how genuinely interested their doctor is in their well-being - performing a thorough history and exam and designing a treatment plan to specifically address their particular problems. Chiropractic care is not a one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to health care.
Another major problem with the medical system is that it is incredibly fragmented. Patients are shuffled from one specialist to another, as various doctors attempt to diagnose a small part of a complex problem. Chiropractic care on the other hand is very holistic, which means that it addresses the health requirements of the whole person. Chiropractic treatment helps to restore balance to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, thereby addressing multiple problems at once. Many chiropractic physicians also design nutritional programs and rehabilitative exercise protocols for their patients, as well as provide stress management advice and recommendations for improving posture and ergonomics.
Chiropractic care is available for the entire family - from babies and toddlers, to kids and teens, and their parents, and grandparents. Chiropractic treatment is not only gentle and safe, but also highly effective for a wide range of conditions. Whether a 78-year-old grandmother has osteoporosis-related back pain or an 10-year-old soccer player has an injured knee, chiropractic care has good solutions for both.
Chiropractic directly addresses many issues in our current health care system. Chiropractic is a cost-effective, holistic, patient-centered health care method that is focused on results. It is an integrated system that effectively enhances the whole family's health and well-being.
1Relman A: The Health Reform We Need and Are Not Getting. The New York Review of Books, July 2, 2009
2Porter ME: A Strategy for Health Care Reform. Toward a Value-Based System. N Engl J Med 360(24):2610, 2009