Health Magazine Does Feature on Chiropractic
Appearing in the
August 9, 2006 issue of the publication "The Southern Health Magazine" is
an overview article on chiropractic. This article by Southern Health
Contributor Joanna Gray was written for an audience in southern Illinois
and presents an overview of chiropractic. The focus of the article
is toward those who have not experienced chiropractic in the past and
provides a look at chiropractic for the beginner.
The article starts
of by noting that common traumas to the spine can create damage that
can then create misalignments and therefore affect the nervous system.
The author further explains that chiropractic is based on the philosophy
that the body is a self-healing organism, and that spinal adjustments are
the primary mode of care.
quotes an Illinois chiropractor, Dr. Steven Barrett, who explained, "The
joints in the spine are supposed to move in a certain way. If they're
moving properly, then we're pretty certain that the nervous system is,
too. But if the joints aren't working properly, they will start to
degenerate and ultimately the person will have disc problems. And at the
same time that puts pressure on the nervous system."
Dr. Barrett further
explains that every cell in your body, which includes all
organs and tissues are controlled and coordinated by your nervous system.
Therefore if pressure on nerves from misaligned spinal bones, known as
"subluxations", occurs, then the part of the body that is being controlled
by those nerves will not function properly. He states, "Chiropractic
promotes the removal of pressure from a nerve so it has the ability to
function more normally."
The article also
discussed chiropractic care for children and infants. It was noted
that colic is a problem that chiropractors have seen relieved with babies
under chiropractic. Dr. Brian Bird, another Illinois chiropractor
also interviewed for the article described the process of chiropractic for
infants, "Chiropractic for babies is the same as for adults, but with less
force." He further went on to explain how chiropractic can help
babies with colic as he referred to a previous scientific study by saying,
"(In the study) nerve interference expressed itself as colic. But once the
interference was freed up, the incidences of colic stopped or were greatly
reduced. There is a much greater understanding today of how chiropractic
works in many other areas than just back pain or whiplash."