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Does everyone need chiropractic care?

Does everyone need chiropractic care?

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And if so, should they all be in care at New Day?

 

Your questions– answered!

 

Good afternoon, New Day!

Sometimes as chiropractors, we are seen as being overly simplistic in a world where complexity is highly valued.

On television medical dramas the doctor who can uncover the the disease diagnosis (at the last minute, of course) is the hero.  And the more obscure the disease diagnosis and the greater amount of detective work that can go into putting it all together, the better.

You never saw Dr. House check the heel tension and palpate the upper cervical spine of a patient and say, “There are indicators for adverse mechanical cord tension at C1.  Let’s adjust him so that his brain has the best opportunity possible to express health through the nerves, and THEN see if he needs surgery.”  It might make for a more exciting show if this plot twist happened once.  But if he started by checking the spinal health of every patient and adjusting them as needed before anything else happened, some might say this would make for a boring tv show.

Can it really be so simple as that everyone in the world, since they have spines and brains, need to have their spines checked and adjusted regularly for optimized function and wellbeing?

Yes.  Well, if they want to function optimally they do.  No matter what’s going on in the body or in life, would it help to have a brain and body able to communicate without extra stress on the communication and power supply that runs your body?  No matter what’s going on, is it likely to more helpful, or less helpful, to have the communication and power supply to the body not functioning at it’s best?  It’s true, it really is that simple.

If you have a brain and a spine, and you live in the 21st century United States, there is a very low chance that you won’t benefit in the short term and the long term from having your spine and nervous system cared for on a routine basis.

Should they all be in care at New Day, receiving Network Care?  Maybe, maybe not.  One of the things that struck me the most about the first practice where I was a practice member, pre chiropractic school, was that even a casual observer would notice that all walks of life were in her care.

For me, as someone new in Network Care and, despite the great results I was getting, somewhat doubtful and cynical, seeing all walks of life benefit from the care helped me fully understand that by connecting the brain and the body through the nerves and reorganizing stress-based neural responses, chiropractic helps you be your best self.  Not someone else’s idea of what your best self is or should be.  Your ability to benefit from care has nothing to do with your personality.

There is one caveat I’ll make.  Anyone who has studied marketing knows that to say that your ideal client is “anyone with a spine” is NOT an example of effective marketing.  There IS something special that identifies a New Day potential practice member or community member.

I recently had the opportunity to write a description of our ideal client for a new networking website called Alignable.  This is what I came up with:

“At New Day we help people people with stress and aches and pains live their best lives possible through this energizing chiropractic approach.  Many of our clients seek us because they are turned off by the traditional chiropractic approach, or have had a bad experience, and want to experience the benefits of having their nervous systems reprogrammed from the inside out.  We help busy young professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives, influencers, and their families.  Our Lincoln Square area practice is conveniently located to people who live and/or work downtown, the north side, and neighboring suburbs.  Come experience the care that personal development guru Tony Robbins calls, ‘amongst the most powerful sources of transformation I have ever experienced or seen.'”

Busy young professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives (and their families), all tend to have one thing in common– they do not see themselves as “basic” or “run of the mill” and rather are in the market for something that really adds value to their lives.  Something that brings them MORE of all the things they want to experience, and not just less of the things they don’t like.

Do you agree that you’re not run of the mill?  That spinal care can potentially help everyone? That Network Care adds value and gives you and edge life?  Or disagree?? Please comment below.

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Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for November 2017!

Congratulations to Elizabeth H., our November 2017 Practice Member of the Month!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make, and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

This month, we honor you!

Elizabeth H. has been in care with Dr. Katie since July 2017

 

Why I came to New Day:

I am a highly sensitive person and since childhood have been riddled with anxiety around things I cannot control. This caused an abundance of stress to build in my body and I’ve experienced physical tension, pain, and headaches regularly since my early teens. I sought Dr. Katie’s help in July 2017 because I was looking to eradicate these feelings of stress and anxiety that were really interfering with my quality of life. My body was consistently operating in “fight or flight” mode. I was scared and frustrated a lot, and these feelings were holding me back.

 

My chiropractic results:

You know how amazing it feels to take a really deep breath? That energy, that clear, joyful feeling is how I’d describe the effects of Dr. Katie’s care at New Day. Network Chiropractic has helped me to feel like a happy, whole person for the first time in my adult life. Not only has my daily tension and pain subsided, but I feel like calm and clear energy is flowing through my mind and body now. I can take deep breaths. I am much more conscious of my spine and how it relates to my body and mind.

Dr. Katie has helped to reset my nervous system, so that it is working with me, rather than against me. It’s been a true transformation for me. I no longer feel as upset by things like nightmare traffic or the unpredictable actions of other people. I’m not as disturbed by those things in life I just can’t control. I feel brave, capable, and confident. I never thought I’d be able to say this, but my patience feels so much more abundant, too.

 

Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

New Day is an oasis in Chicago and Dr. Katie’s care has changed my life. She helps me to feel real connectivity between my mind and body. The sense of freedom, confidence, and energy that comes from her adjustments is totally priceless. I feel like I’m able to go out into the world and live without fear. I can’t think of anything better than that!

 

– Elizabeth H., Chicago, IL

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They are the world, they are the future

They are the world. . .

They are the future. . .

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When it comes to the need for spinal care, there may be someone you’re forgetting about!

 

Great day to you, New Day community!

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I remember seeing a commercial on tv that confused me.  It was Sally Struthers promoting a campaign to “save the children.”  Some of you may remember this was part of a larger relief effort for parts of Africa struck by famine.  This was a pressing enough topic at the time that Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote a song about it.

I remember on one occasion, after seeing one of these commercials, I turned and asked my mom a question, genuinely confused. “What about the grown-ups?  Why don’t we save them?”

My mom, with an amused look on her face, explained to me that people generally care about helping children more than adults because children “haven’t made any mistakes yet,” are innocent, and therefore aren’t at fault for their suffering.  Unlike helping adults, helping children is not controversial.

It’s an interesting paradox that even though we generally hold the mindset that children, as harbingers of possibility on the planet, are worth investing in, caring for, and helping, we also tend to regard them as potentially needing less help because they haven’t made the mistakes of adults.  Unless they’ve suffered a major injury or trauma or live in a region ravaged by famine, they’re probably fine!

Take for example, the world of chiropractic care.  Many people assume that a child wouldn’t need chiropractic care because they haven’t had the mistake filled, messed up, stressful life that they will later have as an adult (and at that point will need to be fixed).

This general interpretation of kids as inherently problem-free ignores the important fact that kids in this day and age have increasing physical, mental, and emotional stressors.  Even in ideal circumstances, kids experience heavy backpacks, physical injuries playing sports, smart phones and computers, too much sitting, ear infections, sugar eating, etc.  Just like for adults, these stressors on the nervous system show up as tension in the spinal cord, blockages between the brain and the body, poor posture and physical imbalances, problems in the functioning of internal organs and the immune system, and a stress-based way of behaving and interacting in life.

And many people don’t know that the typical birthing process is when the first major stresses to the spine, nerves, and brain may occur.  These stresses, left unaddressed, can have a major impact in the future, as imbalances in childhood create the foundation for growth and development.

Click here for a link to research about kids and chiropractic!

There is also the important fact that many children experience more obvious stressors such as the emotional effects of parental stress and divorce, bullying, abuse, traumas and injuries, and medications. Many of us, as adults, can look back on the stresses on our nervous systems that occurred when we were children and see how these impacted us as we grew into adults.  While it may be too late to turn back the clock for us, it isn’t too late to help a child in your life have a better, healthier childhood and adulthood through chiropractic.

But the idea that kids are less likely to benefit from chiropractic because they are inherently healthier than adults also ignores a much, MUCH, more important fact. Chiropractic, NSA care, and New Day exist on the planet for a much bigger reason than fixing or managing problems.  New Day exists as a community so that you and your families can know yourselves as people who shine brightly for the world.  The world needs more people who know themselves as healthy, bright, and able to make a positive impact on the planet.  The ability of the brain and the body to work together through the nerves is how this experience is created.

To draw an analogy, in your life you work at a job and make an income.  If you were only allowed to make a certain level of income as long as you had a certain level of monthly bills and debt, you can see you that would be limiting, right?  If you’re only allowing yourself or your loved ones to benefit from chiropractic care as long as they are “messed up”, you’re limiting the life changing potential of maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system over time.

Has chiropractic helped a kid you know?  Do you have questions about chiropractic or Network Spinal Analysis and your child?  Comment below!  And call us to ask about making an appointment for your child if you haven’t already.

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Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for October 2017!

Congratulations to Leo S., our October 2017 Practice Member of the Month!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make, and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

This month, we honor you!

Leo S. has been in care with Dr. Katie since October 2016

 

Why I came to New Day:  

Leo: Because my mama made me.

Leo’s mom, Cin S.: It’s been my experience that often, what’s going on with my body/mind/spirit is being mirrored in Leo’s body/mind/spirit. New Day has been an invaluable tool in my healing, so of course I want to share that with my son!

 

My chiropractic results:

Leo: I feel a lot taller. And when I’m playing baseball, I feel like I can hit the ball a lot harder.

Leo’s mom, Cin S.: He seems both lighter and bolder in his body. Kind of exactly what he answered! But there is also a social aspect that seems equally healing: His relationship with Dr. Katie, Amber and Diane has been so fun to watch bloom.

 

Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

Leo: It’s like a habit now.

Leo’s mom, Cin S.: As a parent, there are so many ways I want to help him be and become his best self in the world. New Day helps me achieve that on so many levels. For Leo to have regular care that not only helps him listen to his body, but to also feel himself being supported…to feel himself getting stronger and more peaceful from the inside out…it makes me feel like I’m giving him a super spine-empowering smoothie of spiritual fruits and veggies every session!

 

– Leo S., Chicago, IL

 

 

 

What the world needs now, is ________, sweet ________

What the world needs now, is ________, sweet ________

 

 

Is it love?  Is it chiropractic?  Is it something else???

 

Good morning, beautiful New Day!

It doesn’t take a genius to notice that the world could use some more love right now.  News headlines speak of senseless violence and antagonism, harassment and violation, and easily invoke a sense of frustration, fear, or just annoyance.

Not only that, but so much of the way our daily lives are organized at this point, from getting through traffic, to getting through the day at work, to having enough money to pay the bills, is in a way that can easily solidify our sense that life is a struggle.  A struggle that we endure alone.

There’s no question, the world needs more love.  But where will we get it from?

It’s always been important to me to organize my life around doing what I think the world needs.  When I applied to graduate programs for Sociology in the early 2000s, I felt motivated.  Yes, there was of course an ego-based motivation around being the smartest, looking good, success, achievement, and the like.  But beyond that, when I looked around at the world, I saw some things to be inspired by, and a whole lot of other things I didn’t like very much.  I was motivated to be part of the solution.

Where I saw struggle, disconnection, and strife, I wanted my work and my research to shed light on these social problems and potential solutions.  The Durkheimian concept of “anomie”– that the conditions of modern life have lead to a breakdown in values, connection, and purpose, and the Marxist concept of “alienation”– that an unnatural separation between humans of different races and genders was occurring due to an unnatural separation of most people from the fruits of their labor, were the problems I saw.  The solution would be a world built on a different set of values and organized differently, capitalizing on what people have in common and their common dreams, which I had no doubt existed beneath it all.

Now, as anyone who knows me or has heard me speak about how I got into chiropractic knows, I left my grad program after 2 years to pursue chiropractic.  The original purpose, of helping bring to the world what I felt was needed, was no longer alive for me in academia.  Beyond being fed up with the day to day of being a grad student, I had serious doubts that writing about something, at least for me, was going to help the world change in any positive direction.

Yes, the world needs chiropractic.  But it’s more than that.  What’s missing for so many is connection, true human connection both to ourselves and connection to a community.  A recent Ted Talk by Johann Hari argues that addiction– whether it’s substances, behaviors, or patterns of thought– has an antidote.  That antidote isn’t sobriety.  It’s connection.  Lack of a sense of human connection, unnatural for virtually all of human history until now, is a driving force in addiction that leads to purposelessness, lives ruined, and death.

The me of 12 years ago would have completely scoffed at the idea that any kind of wellness or healing could bring change to the world.  But luckily, the me that I kept thinking I became keeps changing 😉  What I experienced after that first Network Spinal Analysis chiropractic adjustment, as I reflected on it years later, was a sense of connection, to myself, and others that felt totally new to me.  This was the version of me I wanted to be for the world.

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What I’m committed to now aren’t ideas that change the world, though I certainly have plenty of ideas, but creating experiences with people that change the world.  If at least part of the solution the world is looking for is connection, experiencing wholeness and commonality with those around us is a prerequisite.  Because the brain and the nervous system are what connects you– serving as you internal and external radio antenna– chiropractic is a great and necessary place to start.  Going further, Network Spinal Analysis actually de-activates the stress physiology, fight or flight response, and corresponding brain function that leads us to us experiencing the world as one big rat race.

I look around at the world today and I have no doubt that there are people suffering, sick, and yes, dying, because they aren’t getting the care that would result in an experience of wholeness, connection, and community.  We all have a part to play in being the solution.  As part of that, please, tell a friend about chiropractic.

 

 

Special Opportunity!

Special Opportunity!

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Looking for ways to grow?

Energy rich experiences?

An opportunity to engage in Network Care at a deeper level?

A special opportunity for a select group?

If you think this might be you, read on!

 

Good morning, New Day!  I know it’s not typical that I would reach out to you again so soon, but I have a good reason.  There is a lot going on right now– in all of our lives, and in the life of New Day!

Rarely, and increasingly rarely over the past 2 years, have I had the opportunity to offer a day-long healing intensive for our most dedicated, enthusiastic practice members.  Your regular care– coming in routinely to get your brain and body functioning at the highest level possible– is the bedrock of your health and wellness. An intensive serves a different function.

Intense, concentrated, powerful experiences allow us to raise our baseline for living and experiencing, and ideally also teach strategies for living from that new baseline when you leave the event.  There is more possible for us when intensity enters the equation, especially in a group of others experiencing the same.

It has always been important to me to have a practice, a community, that values both.  The day to day, week to week experience of engaging in a form of care that helps us be our best selves, and the occasional workshops and intensives that serve as springboards for further growth, and contribute to the overall culture of the community so that EVERYONE can be impacted (not just those who attend the event).

After 2 years, I finally have the opportunity to offer another intensive to New Day.

As I blogged about earlier this week, there is a serious drought in Network Care chiropractors in the midwest.  It is only just now, for example, that I have access to someone to cover me for an occasional weekend trip, and she has to come all the way from Springfield.  Without another practitioner, hosting an intensive that includes sessions of Network Care is simply too difficult and not energizing for me.

Dr. Susan Gullion

 

A month from now, I will have the pleasure of co-hosting a healing intensive at New Day for some of our brightest star practice members, with my personal practitioner, Dr. Susan Gullion!

Dr. Susan Gullion has been practicing NSA and SRI for 28 years, and facilitated and taught SRI programs internationally at Gates and premier programs since the book was written. A mother of 2 children who have received Network care all their lives. Dr. Susan practiced in NY for 10 yrs, and WI for the last 18 years. She loves to serve others on their journey to profound wellness and joy in life!

Dr. Susan works with me when I travel to Wisconsin to get adjusted as often as I can, and I get a great deal of learning and inspiration from her.  We are excited to be creating our Ride the Waves healing intensive experience at New Day!

Been experiencing fluctuations?

I know for me personally, I have only just recently come to recognize that life is more than “ups and downs.” If we experience life as “ups and downs,” that means that when there’s an up, there has to be a down, and vise versa.  When we can experience “fluctuations” instead, having the strategies to thrive through them with grace, we have the opportunity to receive all the gifts that life has for us, the ones we asked for and the ones we didn’t, and we are empowered to thrive and grow without the constant necessity of drama and difficulty to motivate us forward.

This intensive will focus on creating the experiences and getting strategies into our nervous systems so that we can experience health and wellness in our bodies and lives from a new baseline, experiencing life’s fluctuations fully and joyfully as waves that move us forward.

Ride the Waves offers the advantage of having all the aforementioned benefits of an intensive, but taking place during the course of a Sunday afternoon, giving you time to have a leisurely morning, arrive at noon, and leave at 5PM for a restful evening and awesome week ahead.

This opportunity will be available for a limited number of practice members.  We are offering an early-bird price of $247 until October 15th, at which time the regular price of $290 will apply.

To reserve your space, click here to email us and set up your payment for the early-bird price while there is still time.

Dr. Susan and I so look forward to serving you on November 5th!

Meet Dr. Virginia! (Just in case you were thinking New Day is all about me)

Good evening, New Day!

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Good morning, New Day!

What is New Day, really?

It would be easy to look at our website, emails, marketing, and take away that the experience at New Day is all about me.

And in some ways it makes sense that it should seem that way. I created this business based on my own vision and ideas, and I use imagery and explanations that are true to my highest vision for chiropractic and Network Care. For example, the image of the sun, sunlight, and the concept of newness have always inspired and appealed to me (must be the Aries in me). In such ways, New Day has been a logical extension of myself.

And then there’s the experience in the practice. I am the one you have your experience of Network Care through. There are some practice members who have had Network Spinal Analysis in other cities besides Chicago, in other practices, for whom the experience of Network Care isn’t so bound up in an experience of me. But for the vast majority, your experience of NSA is an experience of me, Dr. Katie.

But I want you to know, New Day isn’t all about me.

If it’s not, who’s it all about then?  Is it about Amber?  Diane and Tammy?  You?

New Day is about creating a community engaged in the CARE and the benefits the care brings to their health and lives.  So far, your experience of the care, as in when you come in for your adjustments, probably feels pretty closely identified with me.  But one of the most amazing things about Dr. Donald Epstein’s amazing creation with Network Care is that it is a system that any chiropractor can learn and practice with their patients.

After 4 and a half years in practice, I finally now have the opportunity to bring another doctor to New Day, albeit just for two days, so that you can get care when I am out of town!  This arrangement has tremendous benefits for me, in that I can be free to go to seminars and on trips without closing our doors.

The biggest benefit though, is to you.  First, Saturday availability will improve and you will be able to come in on a day when we might normally have been closed.  Second, you get to expand your perception of the care and it’s benefits on your brain, nervous system, body, and life through working with another doctor. Exciting, isn’t it?

Dr. Virginia will be coming to New Day to work as the doctor on Saturday 10/14 and on Saturday 11/11.  If you are a “Saturday person” and this is one of the days your regularly schedule appointments, we encourage you to keep your appointment and see Dr. Virginia.

Here is a little bit more about Virginia Voyles, in her own words.

Dr. Virginia Voyles D.C. is a chiropractor at Heartland Healing Arts Center in Springfield, IL. She is a native to Illinois and recent graduate from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC where she obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in December 2015. Dr. Virginia also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Eastern Illinois University.

While at school, Dr. Virginia served as Philosophy Club Vice President and President, as well as a member of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO). She also specialized as an Anatomy Lab Assistant and Records Room Assistant. Previous to chiropractic school Dr. Virginia served as a Chiropractic Assistant. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, journaling and gardening.

Dr. Virginia is known for her empathy and compassion with her patients. Passionate about helping others live to their fullest potential, Dr. Virginia utilizes Network Spinal Analysis to best help others achieve their individual health goals. She is very excited to visit New Day and looking forward to serving you!

 

Meet Tammy, newest member of our New Day team!

Even though you may have already met in person at New Day, or outside of New Day, I wanted to take a moment to formally introduce you to our newest New Day team member!  She may be a new, or a familiar face 🙂

Tammy started her care over a year ago, and I have always known her to be a thoughtful, caring, and intelligent person.  In addition to working part time as an energy healer, she also is a gifted writer and has her own writing business.  Because of these qualities, I knew she would be a great addition to the front office, and has been helping us on Saturdays and covering for Amber.

Here, Tammy shares her answers to some questions to help you get to know her more.

How were you first introduced to New Day?
My friend Joe from church invited me to one of the community dinners and I was impressed by all the testimonials of the practice members.

What’s your favorite part about helping our practice members and supporting Dr. Katie?
I’m always thrilled to see people try healing modalities that may be hard to explain but that work on many surprising levels. I believe in Dr. Katie’s work and admire people who make their self-care a priority and are committed to being their best selves. These are the people I love to be around and want to support in any way I can!

In addition to being part of the New Day community, you are also live in the Lincoln Square area as well.  What are your current favorite neighborhood gems for eating, drinking, or otherwise having fun?
I love the atmosphere at Band of Bohemia. It’s a great place to grab a drink. For dinner, Gather is always a treat. And the two places I probably go to the most for lunch are Cafe Selmarie and Jerry’s, where you can get any sandwich on gluten-free bread!

You also have a successful career as a writer.  What do you like reading for fun or that inspires you in your work?
I read a wide variety of stuff! I’m usually reading something spiritual or inspirational. I love anything by Alan Cohen and just finished Michael Singer’s two books, The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment. For fiction, I just finished Moon Over Paris and am now reading Young Men And Fire by Norman Maclean; it’s a timely and fascinating book considering the fires raging out west.

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month – September 2017!

Congratulations to Katie S., our  September 2017 Practice Member of the Month!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make, and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

This month, we honor you!

Katie S. has been in care with Dr. Katie since May 2017

 

Why I came to New Day:  

I was referred to Dr. Katie by my sister who kept telling me how amazing her experience had been.  I was feeling the worse back pain I’ve ever felt after years of on/off mild back pain.  I was at a point where I couldn’t do my normal activities or even sit for periods of time.  I needed help after years of self-treating and pretending like the pain would just go away by treating the symptoms and not the cause.   It was time to see what my sister had been raving about!

 

My chiropractic results:

I have felt so many benefits since seeing Dr. Katie!  Physically, I can do all the things I couldn’t before – I’m back to my normal yoga practice and I can pick up and play with my son comfortably! Mentally and spiritually I feel like I’ve been able to regain connection and awareness that had become stuck. My posture is way better and I feel like because of new levels of awareness I am making healthier decisions to continue this growth!

 

Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

I am continuing my care at New Day because there’s still work I need to do! From a job at a computer to lifting up a growing child to life’s everyday stresses, I realize how important it is to give myself time to relax, open up, and release any stuckness in my body.  I walk away from my sessions with a clear mind and heart and carry that onto other areas of my life. I look forward to all the potential progress and growth!

– Katie S., Chicago, IL

 

 

 

What happens when chiropractic “meets the press”?

What happens when chiropractic “meets the press”?

A chiropractor’s comments about a New York Times article about chiropractic

 

Good morning, New Day!

Last week I became aware of an article about chiropractic that was published in The New York Times this past May (not sure why I didn’t know about this until now!)  It’s not every day the chiropractic gets ANY press (let alone good press).  This article is noteworthy because the main message is at least somewhat favorable concerning the benefits of chiropractic.

Despite the relatively lukewarm tone of the article and decidedly limited perspective it shares, any story coming from a major news source that helps the public learn more about the life changing, money saving benefits of chiropractic care is a major victory!

The article, titled “For Bad Backs, It May Be Time to Rethink Biases About Chiropractors, can be seen here: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/upshot/for-bad-backs-its-time-to-rethink-biases-about-chiropractors.html?mcubz=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com

It is important for me, as your chiropractor, to help you read this article critically.

Here are the Pros:

  • The author highlights evidence that a form of chiropractic, “spinal manipulation,” is an effective treatment for lower back pain
  • Spinal manipulation is documented not only to be effective in decreasing pain, but in improving function
  • Spinal manipulation is also safe, with virtually no adverse events reported in the literature (the ones most of us have heard of are anecdotal and extremely rare)
  • Chiropractic costs more than medications in the short term, he says, but in the long term research shows chiropractic patients save money over those who only treat medically
  • He points out that while we don’t always know medically “how” chiropractic works to achieve it’s results, “we don’t have a great understanding of why many other therapies work either” (including medical ones)

Here are the Cons:

As the subtitle of the article points out (“it may be time to re-think biases”), there are biases.  And it’s great that the author, a medical doctor, acknowledges that these biases exist.  These biases stem not just from the different focus and experiences medical doctors versus chiropractors, but also from a whole historical and political story that goes beyond the perspective that this blog is here to provide.

Suffice it to say that there are biases in the medical profession that have created a situation where it is not common for medical doctors to refer to chiropractors, causing millions of people to miss out on life improving, money saving chiropractic care.

The first bias I wish to discuss here is the perspective that decreasing back pain is the only valid purpose for chiropractic, and if you don’t have pain, you don’t have a problem.

We of course know that chiropractic actually works best routinely, over time, including times when a person isn’t experiencing pain or problems.  Would it make sense to only go to a dentist when your cavities are so bad that you have tooth pain?  To only exercise when you have weight to lose?  To only eat kale when you have cancer diagnosis? Preventing problems from happening (rather than waiting until your system is showing the consequences of ongoing stress) is the way to reap the benefits of living a healthy life on a daily basis.

But there’s a whole other realm of benefits to be experienced from regular chiropractic care that go beyond treating the pain (as the author of the article suggests), and preventing problems.  The other realm is what we call wellness.  Wellness is about optimizing and moving into a whole new realm of experiencing.  Network Care has a special way to describe the wellness care we provide.  The results are “reorganizational,” in that we reorganize the brain’s relationship to the body through the nerves and the spine so that you can have breakthrough results.  It’s this type of experience of optimal health that allows people to live their best life!

 

You may be thinking, if chiropractic works so well, why isn’t there more press about it?  Why isn’t there more research?

There are three main reasons.  The first reason is that unlike in the medical realm, most chiropractors finish school and go into private practice for themselves. Becoming part of a hospital-based infrastructure is not a thing.  Therefore, the issue of how to create research, and who would be funding it, is often prohibitive.

This is why it is possible for the author of The New York Times article to say that there is no evidence to support chiropractic helping with virtually anything besides back pain.  It’s not that it doesn’t help people with allergies, asthma, colic, anxiety, and so on.  We chiropractors have whole practices full of people who have been helped in these ways.  It’s that the research published concerning these are mainly case studies, as there is no one paying for or coordinating a large research study around it.

Not only does medicine have an infrastructure for research, but they have lots of money to pay for research.  The question of who funds the research and for what purpose guides the inquiry and the resulting “knowledge” that is produced.  Consider that research paid for by drug companies, which is true for large amounts of research, is going to be less likely to uncover pro-chiropractic results.

The third reason is a bit more big-picture.  Not only is there more money to be had in researching disease, it’s also a lot easier in the existing paradigm.  Studying diseases and indicators such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and the like, is easy to study in the type of study revered as the standard of knowing, the randomized controlled trial.  In the randomized controlled trial, it is easier to minimize the interference of “extraneous variables.”

Chiropractic, on the other hand, as a wellness form of care that people engage in on an ongoing basis, mainly helps people within the context of their lives.  It doesn’t easily lend itself to laboratory study.  But there are other ways of knowing, besides double-blind randomized controlled trials, even if those aren’t usually considered as important.  This is why the research we have on Network Spinal Analysis, that supports the theory that the work helps people reorganize to a higher level of wellness, was not done in a lab; the data being measured are peoples experiences in life.

I hope my thoughts have been helpful for you in considering when chiropractic “meets the press.”  Hopefully now you can also understand more about why it is so important for you to spread the word about your positive experience of chiropractic and Network Care.  I would love to read your comments below!