In this book Dr. Smith simply discusses what chiropractic is and how it can help you specifically. There are many things that chiropractic can help with so it would be nice to know HOW it can help YOU. Dr. Smith focuses on the patient and in getting him/her better. He will go out of his way to make sure the patient is well taken care of. In his book he not only discusses how chiropractic can help you but WHEN chiropractic can help you and what you need to be aware of. Healthcare today seems to be fizzling and is focused on crisis care. We need to move away from crisis care and move to wellness care. Chiropractic will not only help you feel better but it will help you live better with a higher quality of life.
Have you heard of the “healthy” man that had a heart attack shoveling snow or jogging through the neighborhood? Or know of someone that seemed very healthy but seemed to deteriorate overnight due to cancer or arthritis?
These conditions take 10 or more years to show any symptoms that you would notice. So, although they appeared to be healthy, they were not. Without their even knowing it, those diseases were limiting their health potential and quality of life.
Modern medicine does have a place in health care. It just isn’t at the top of the list like it used to be. Instead, there are three levels of health care, with crisis care listed last.
The three levels of health care are:
Self-care is about you. It is about what you choose to do every day. Will you eat correctly? Will you exercise? Will you choose to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes? Will you find ways to relieve stress? The answers to these questions will determine how strong your mind and body will be.
Health care is a step beyond self-care. It is what you cannot do for yourself. For instance, you cannot remove your own subluxations. You cannot give yourself a massage. You may need coaching to eliminate stress or to determine proper nutrition.
People on your health care team might include:
Both self-care and health care are about prevention. Many people confuse prevention with early detection, but there is a big difference between the two. Early detection is the use of diagnostic testing to identify a disease in its early stages. Prevention, on the other hand, is making healthy choices that will keep you from getting the disease in the first place. Most medical doctors detect and treat, but they don’t prevent. That is why you will rarely find a medical doctor as part of your health care team.
Crisis care is taking care of an injury, illness or disease. There are times when crisis care is exactly what you need. If you have been in a car accident and broken three bones and have a ruptured spleen, you will want the right specialists to set the bones and perform the needed surgeries. The problem is that crisis care has become the U.S. health care system.
Our current system pushes drugs and surgery. In fact, Americans spend $3 billion on prescriptions per year and $2 trillion on healthcare. 2
Yet, despite all the money spent, the nation is getting sicker and sicker. It is a never-ending cycle. The sicker we are, the more we seek crisis care and the sicker we get. Our current medical system is good for emergency crisis situations, but not for staying healthy.
Chiropractic Wellness Care
Chiropractic can be an effective component of wellness care since the nervous system is central to the health of your body. Communication flows back and forth between the brain and the spine and the cells, tissues and organs. If the communication gets blocked, then a breakdown of the body occurs.
If you already have aches, pains, illness and disease, correcting the subluxations will allow your body to operate at its optimal level. Once operating efficiently, the body’s innate power will seek to heal itself.
Just as a tuned up car has benefits, so does chiropractic wellness care. They include:
Maintaining a properly functioning nervous system is essential if you want to be your very best. Treating disease is important and everyone deserves the best chance to heal and recover. However, we need to change the focus from treating to preventing.
We ride in cars that have the latest and greatest in safety features. We are strapped in and surrounded by bags in case of a crash. We have anti-lock brakes to keep us from hydroplaning when we try to stop. Everything about the driving experience is meant to prevent problems and keep us safe.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could do the same with the care of our body? We can. It’s called wellness care, and wellness care can and should begin with chiropractic.