Chiropractic and Taking the Leap

woman-leapingDid you know it takes an average of 2 years before someone steps into a chiropractic office to try chiropractic?  Also, did you know that most people try chiropractic as a last resort?

WOW.  As a chiropractor, I think this is troublesome and very unhealthy.  Should you give chiropractic a chance?  The answer to that is absolutely and here’s why.

Healthcare is changing.

Have you ever noticed that more and more people are looking for alternatives to drugs and surgery?  That’s right.  Thanks to the internet and other media, there are millions of people who are constantly educating themselves.

Let me ask you this.  Have you ever seen those drug commercials on TV?  Did you ever notice the 20 other symptoms those drugs cause?  Think about back surgery for a second.  What are the side effects for having lower back surgery?  Months of downtime, bed rest, rehabilitation, and $75,000 debt does not sound fun to me.

Chiropractic brings a lot of value.

Chiropractic treatments can save you a lot of hard earned money.  When you compare all the money spend on drugs and surgery you are looking at thousands of dollars spent for the average U.S. citizen.  According to CBS News, the U.S. spent over $325.8 billion on prescription drugs in 2012.  Chiropractic is very valuable because it is very efficient and effective in treatment, which can save you thousands of dollars.

Chiropractors are smart.

Getting into a chiropractic program is not as easy as you think.  Most chiropractic schools require you to have at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale and 3 years of undergraduate studies (at least 90 hours of credits).  Once you are finally accepted into the program you then are educated on basic sciences, chiropractic sciences, clinical sciences, clinical training, chiropractic research, and chiropractic technique.

At Logan University, I completed 5047.5 total contact hours from lecture and labs, which was 294 total credit hours.

After all of that, we still needed to complete 4 different parts of national board exams and take our specific state license test.

What do chiropractors do with all that knowledge?

It’s simple.  We help people.  We’ve developed an expertise in chiropractic diagnosis of patient health issues.  During school, we developed an expertise in chiropractic skills, such as chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.  In addition, we developed our skills in communication, which benefits patient management and interdisciplinary communications.

Tons of benefits and low risk.

Chiropractic can help heal your body naturally.  With proper chiropractic care, your nervous system is able to function at it’s top condition.  Think of it like this.  What happens if you turn on a light switch and you get a flickering light bulb?  That means that the connection isn’t very good.  It’s the same type of concept when it comes to the brain and nerves throughout the body.

Chiropractic is safe.  Yes, you may get some typical soreness, but do chiropractors seriously hurt people?  It is highly unlikely.  The U.S National Library of Medicine (Pubmed.gov) published an article in 2009 that states, “VBA stroke is a very rare event in the population” and “we found no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated chiropractic care compared to primary care.”

The Bottom Line.

Chiropractic is wonderful.  The benefits are great.  The risk is low and there are already millions of people out there getting chiropractic treatments.  Is chiropractic right for you?  It could be.  Why not give it a chance and see what you think?

With health and happiness,

Dr. Tony Dejti

Resources:

1)  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57583700/u.s-prescription-drug-spending-drops-for-first-time-in-58-years/

2)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19251066