WRITTEN BY: Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS
“Chiropractic Didn’t Work For Me…”
It’s important to understand what something is
before we can understand what to expect from it.
If we try to use a screwdriver to drive in a nail, we run into problems pretty quickly. If we use something that was never designed as a hammer, we will just end up with a dented screwdriver and a bent nail. When we misunderstand something, we can’t help but misuse it as well.If something is misused, it will be used for the wrong thing and not used for the right ones. There is nothing wrong with a perfectly good screwdriver, but it’s just the right tool for the wrong job.
If we only used a cell phone to make phone calls, it wouldn’t be a great use for a great tool but there is so much more! We would be missing out on all the things our cell phone is capable of.When we learn about all the other functions, it becomes surprising how much we were unaware of before but were available to us the entire time. There are numerous articles called, “Ten things your cell phone does that you never knew.” If an alien didn’t understand anything a cell phone did, they might even brag about what a great doorstop it is!
The more we understand something, the more use we can get out of it and for the right reasons. Otherwise, we can’t fully appreciate what is available to us to improve our choices and our lives. Worse yet, we could end up cursing a wonderful tool simply because we are using it the wrong way.
So what do screw drivers and cell phones have to do with Chiropractic? Great question!
At first glance, Chiropractic can look like a good treatment for pain and other conditions. This is because our society has trained us to think that everything is a treatment for something. We only think with what we are familiar with, so why would we think any different about Chiropractic? Chiropractic helps most people feel better but if we stop there, we are missing out on so much more!
If we see a Chiropractor for a particular concern that doesn’t go away, we may feel like chiropractic didn’t work for us. If someone begins working out and they don’t lose the weight they wanted to lose, they could mistakenly think that exercise doesn’t work for them. Just look at all the other benefits of exercise they are completely missing out on if they quit too soon or altogether!
It can take weeks to months or more before symptoms may go away related to Chiropractic care, and sometimes they don’t go away at all because there may be another reason for them. If someone gets in condition with exercise, they may not notice a certain concern such as their blood pressure decreasing because they have a poor diet, but their exercise regime is still always good for them.
If someone sees a Chiropractor to feel better in a particular way, all their symptoms may not go away, but the adjustments to free their nervous system of interference is always allowing them to function at their best! The unpopular truth is that sometimes other factors cause health problems as well.
If your nerve channels were free of interference and someone stepped on your toe, how should that feel? If we wanted our toe pain to go away, it could look like Chiropractic can’t help us. If someone stepped on our toe and we didn’t have pain, that is a medical condition called numbness! Sometimes we can feel worse when we are working just as we should.
The goal of chiropractic isn’t to feel better: it’s to be better!
Symptoms can guide us,
but they should not dictate whether something is working or not.
Can you imagine someone starting to eat healthier because they want to lower their cholesterol level, and if their cholesterol doesn’t decrease, they stopped eating healthy?
A great thing about Chiropractic is that many symptoms and conditions often go away with consistent care. There is no smoke and mirrors or side effects that are associated with most treatments.
The difference is that when people feel better because they are getting spinal adjustments, it’s because they really are better.
We are taught that when we feel good, we are ‘fine’. When we don’t ‘feel good’, we go to a medical doctor to get a diagnosis and a treatment. Sound familiar? However, Chiropractic is completely different.
Once we dig deeper, we find that Chiropractic is something much bigger. If we keep an open-mind and are patient, we can get past our pre-conceived notions and move onto the real and wonderful benefits waiting for us.
Ask questions and then ask more questions. Keep them coming, because we have answers and they are probably answers you may not have thought about before. These kinds of answers may even change the questions you have.
Chiropractic ALWAYS Works.
Anyone who thinks Chiropractic doesn’t work for them is simply trying to hire the right worker but for the wrong job. The Innate Intelligence of your body is the absolutely best worker you could possibly hire. It is the master rehabilitator that allows you to heal and return to a highest level of function. The wrong job is patchwork, while the right job is your fully expressed potential. Let chiropractic do the right work for you and watch your life start working right again.