ALL the other types of health care proceed on the following model. 1) The patient tells the doctor the symptoms. 2) The doctor performs an examination. 3) Makes a diagnosis. 4) Designs a treatment program for the diagnosis. 5) Treats the patient. 6) Assesses the outcome of the treatment, usually by patient symptoms. This is the process of therapeutics, applying a remedy to a specific problem, symptom, or diagnosis. The basic assumption is that the human body needs help in some form to heal. It needs a cure that doesn’t exist within. This is certainly how medicine is carried out.
Chiropractic is what we call non-therapeutical. We do not apply remedies. We DO NOT believe that the body needs help to heal. And we DO believe that only the body can cure and that all curing must come from within. Chiropractic’s only role is to remove the most widespread and most dangerous interference to the healing process, the vertebral subluxation complex. In chiropractic’s purest form, I don’t need to know anything from the patient. I just need to examine the spine for subluxation and then work to correct the subluxation as much as is possible. Essentially, the only reason we ask your symptoms on day one is that it is the reason why you came to me, so I must honor that. You need to tell your story. But it does little to help me to decide what needs to be done. This is the exact opposite of medicine. We do not diagnose and we only do one thing, correct the subluxation.
With that in mind, then, what types of patients with what type of conditions should see a chiropractor? Simply, all of them. CHIROPRACTORS DO NOT TREAT THE DISEASE IN THE PATIENT, WE TREAT THE PATIENT WITH THE DISEASE. We help the patient’s body to be stronger and healthier so that it can more efficiently deal with whatever disease it may or may not have, whether we are aware of that disease or not. It is true that chiropractic helps sick people to be well and well people to be even more well. Therefore, if you have a cold is being freer of subluxation good for you? Of course. Pneumonia? Yep. How about diabetes? Certainly. Cancer? Absolutely. From colds to cancer, don’t you, or those people you care about, deserve to have the best functioning nerve system while they deal with their diagnosis, not to mention dealing with the drugs that are being used to treat that diagnosis. Or even better, shouldn’t you reduce the effects of subluxation before you get sick, while you are well? It just makes sense to me.