This may sound trite but I would begin at the beginning. The first chiropractic adjustment in 1895 restored the hearing to Harvey Lillard. Despite that miracle Dr. Palmer did not find the cure for all deafness, just Harvey's deafness. If you read some of my shadow boxes and success stories you will find that chiropractic adjustments resolved Danette's asthma, but it does not cure all cases of asthma. It took care of Andrew's ear infections, but it is not the answer to all ear infections. Yolie's migraines stopped due to her adjustments, but not all migraines can be cured through chiropractic. Think about this for a minute, I listed four different cases with four different symptoms in which each person got the same treatment (the adjustment) which allowed four very different conditions to resolve.
Imagine for just a moment the same four people going to a medical doctor for treatment, the first one is a deaf man, the second is a 2-1/2 year old asthmatic, the third is an 8 month old with 4 continuous months of ear infections, and the fourth is a middle aged woman with daily/constant headaches and migraines. The deaf guy would get a hearing aid. The asthmatic would get an inhaler, oral medications, and a nebulizer, the infant would get amoxicillin, and the woman would get pain killers. But they came to the chiropractor and got just one thing, the adjustment, and the result is that all four had their long-standing conditions resolve. And in all cases, the response was within just days to a month. How can this be? The answer is that regardless of the condition or symptom that you bring to the chiropractor, we have only one job, to detect and correct subluxation, aka spinal damage, that we all get from time/life/gravity.
Now in reality, despite the multitude of techniques and treatments that various chiropractors employ, there are only 3 tools necessary to achieve maximum correction of subluxation. Anything else that a chiropractor does to you is for some other reason, and you won't find any of that at this office. I'm not saying that the extra stuff that chiropractors do is bad or unnecessary, it's just that with rare exception you only need the three tools to enjoy the benefits of a subluxation-free spine, the same tools we went over in my last article, the adjustment, deep tissue work, and regular stretching.
But what about this 4th tool in the title? The 4th tool in my office is education. After all, doctor is Latin for teacher, and more than adjustments, and stretching, and massage, you need the 4th tool to make good decisions for you and your family now and in the future. Thanks for reading!!