Chiropractic Works with Dr. Birk

Back to Basics- What is Chiropractic?

Posted: December 13, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Many people wonder what Chiropractic care is, especially as they consider alternatives to the medical practices of drugs and surgery. Yet, depending upon whom they ask, they will get many different answers.

Chiropractic in a nutshell is:

  1. Your body is a self-regulating, self-maintaining and self-restoring organism.
  2. Your brain and spinal cord, “the central nervous system,” controls, communicates to and coordinates every organ, tissue and cell of your body.
  3. Anything that interferes with this communication such as vertebral subluxation causes dysfunction leading to disease and then symptoms.
  4. Anything that removes this interference, such as a chiropractic adjustment, restores proper communication and allows the body to function efficiently and heal itself.

Therefore, a chiropractor is a doctor that can locate the vertebral subluxations and remove them through the use of specific adjustment techniques.

In the past if you asked a medical doctor about chiropractic, the response may not have been quite positive. Today, however, many medical doctors not only refer their patients for chiropractic, they also choose this safe and natural care for themselves and their families as well.

Chiropractic education and research has come a long way. We spend as much time as a medical doctor getting our degree. We also are well versed in the sciences including anatomy, physiology, nutrition and other studies that are relevant to the advancement of a proactive wellness model of healthcare.

Studies have shown that in many cases chiropractic is beneficial and typically more effective than drugs or surgery. Studies have also shown that chiropractic is one of the safest healthcare treatments available.

If you ask a chiropractor how to define it, we might get pretty technical and say something like, “The discipline of detecting and reducing vertebral subluxation” or “A science, art and philosophy which utilizes the inherent recuperative abilities of the body and deals with the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system and the role of this relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health.”

Yes, these are true statements, but what do they mean to the average patient? What does this mean to you? In simplest terms, chiropractic is helping your brain and spine talk to one another without any interruptions.

Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy. A diagnosis is made through testing and observation and then treatment is performed based on experience and training.

This is the same process that a medical doctor uses. The difference is that a medical doctor treats with drugs and surgery in order to deal with the symptoms of pain and illness. Chiropractic, on the other hand, works on the root cause by making adjustments to correct the subluxations.

The chiropractic philosophy is the understanding that the body wants to function correctly and be as healthy as possible and that our bodies know how to do this and will do this as long as there is no interference. Here at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness in Woodbridge Ontario, our goal is to remove that pressure and experience optimal health. Chiropractic Works!