To me, the definition of alternative care is some for of treatment that is tried when the established for of care has not worked. An example might be: When the pain medication prescribed by the medical doctor isn’t working, the patient seeks out an herbalist for an alternative herbal remedy.
In chiropractic, we are not treating the same thing the allopathic medical profession is treating, that being a “diagnosis.” The presumed diagnosis might be migraine headaches, essential hypertension (aka high blood pressure), fibromyalgia, etc.
As chiropractors, we are correcting misalignments of the spine called Vertebral Subluxations. By doing so, we are releasing any irritation/pinched nerves at the spinal cord level. This correction allows the power of life released from the brain to get through to the organs and tissues that the nerves control. In fact, “The nervous controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body.” (Gray’s Anatomy, 29th ed., page 4). It’s all about reestablishing proper function and healing that was not possible before the chiropractic spinal correction.
It is like a dentist who takes care of your teeth, so you won’t lose them someday. Chiropractic, like dentistry, is not an alternative care. The medical doctors have no science or practice of correcting vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments) just as they have no science for taking care of your teeth.
In fact, chiropractic is a completely different profession doing things completely different in the science, art, and philosophy of how we practice.
There is not an alternative to correcting vertebral subluxations. There is only chiropractic and it is the primary care provider for spinal correction. If anything, medicine is the alternative to chiropractic. If the chiropractor cannot correct the spinal alignment due to fusion or extreme lifestyle problems, then drugs/surgery may be the only alternative but certainly not the primary approach.
My point is that everyone who has a condition, regardless of the diagnosis, owes it to themselves to seek chiropractic as their primary practitioner to examine and, when necessary, correct any vertebral subluxations. This is the logical and conservative way of finding the underlying cause of many conditions.
In good health,
Raymond Rickards, D.C.