DIAGNOSIS. Have you ever had one? Cold, flu, infection, pneumonia, heart failure, gall stones, heart attack, bladder infection, ulcers, etc. Medics change those names to Latin and charge accordingly, but a diagnosis is a word that everybody agrees describes the collection of symptoms and findings that you have. Once the diagnosis is made, the treatment is prescribed, and then a prognosis is made to predict your likely future. If you have the diagnosis of heart disease, you see a cardiologist. If you have gall bladder disease, you go to an internist. If you have varicose veins, you see a vascular surgeon. Different diagnosis, different medical doctor. With that in mind, what diagnoses should see a chiropractor? Low back pain? Neck pain? Headaches? Numbness and tingling? What about a cold? What about ulcers? What about heart disease? And so what about cancer?
We all have several things in common. We all went through some sort of birth process. We all fell lots and lots of time growing up. Learning to walk, to climb, to run, to ride, to slide, to skate, to roll. We all have had hundreds or perhaps thousands of subluxation events. That’s why you’re here in this office after all. We all have subluxation, and if you have subluxation you get it corrected by a chiropractor. It’s important enough that you spend your time and money doing it. But what most of us don’t have in common is cancer. Most of us are not suffering from it, thankfully. But here’s the very IMPORTANT QUESTION, who has more stress on their body, the patient who has subluxation only, like you and I, or the patient with subluxation and cancer? The answer is quite obvious. Cancer patients not only have to deal with the subluxation that you and I deal with, but also the cancer, the radiation, the chemotherapy, the trips to the doctor, the emotional stress, the financial stress, the fear and who knows what else. So at a basic common sense level doesn’t the cancer victim need subluxation relief more than you and I? Of course.
As the team chiropractor I treat college athletes at UC Riverside who get subluxation care for no other reason than to improve their body’s function to give them an extra edge in competition. I suggest to you that the cancer patient has more to compete against than the college athlete. That could be said for just about any diagnosis as well.
The mistake we all make is pairing chiropractic with back and neck pain. We are not back doctors. We only use your spine to access your nerve system. We are nerve system doctors. When you think chiropractic think subluxation, nerve stress, nerve interference, reduced body health and well-being, dis-ease, and disease. Any person with subluxation will benefit from what we do and the worse the diagnosis, the more important that they hear the subluxation story.
Remember that chiropractors DO NOT treat the disease in the patient. That is medicine. Instead we treat the patient who has the disease. And whether it’s a cold or cancer, don’t the people you love deserve and need the best functioning body they can get?