There seems to be a paradox in the chiropractic profession. Back pain is the #1 reason to miss work, the #2 reason to see a medical doctor, and 80% of us will have it at some point. So why do chiropractors only see about 10% of the population? It boils down to 3 things: 1. They don’t know what we treat or what to expect. 2. It’s easy to just take pain killers. 3. They may have heard that chiropractors are quacks. I want to briefly touch on each subject.
Let me start with #3, the Quack. In a Supreme Court ruling in 1990, the American Medical Association (AMA) was found guilty of illegally boycotting and conspiring against the chiropractic profession, all of which started in the 1970’s. Even though chiropractic was vindicated, the damage had been done. The chiropractic profession had been slandered for 20 years by the main governing body for medical doctors in the US because the established medical profession has for many years been opposed to all other forms of medicine, valid or not. The AMA has enjoyed its monopoly of the health profession industry and has zealously tried to defend it against all other approaches whether it be acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, or any other form of health care that does not buy into the surgery and drugs culture of the established medical community. The biggest losers in all of this unfortunately have been the patients, which brings me to #2.
Addiction in America has a new face: prescription drugs. Last year, prescription drugs replaced heroin and cocaine as the leading cause of deadly overdoses, and celebrities are showing us that mixing prescription pills -- the pills you may have in your home right now -- could be just as deadly as shooting up heroin or snorting cocaine. Although there are many other effective forms of pain management, our medication-oriented culture promotes the use of medications as the first approach used for pain management. While it may not be the first reason that people take such painkillers, most notice that while they are under the influence of these drugs, they are distanced from their emotional pain. Painful emotions are a part of everyday life for all of us, but often we can manage these feelings on our own or with professional help, such as counseling. However, people in physical pain have often suffered emotional trauma (from an accident or illness, for example) and are more vulnerable to the attractions of a pill that just “makes it all go away.” Over time, people come to depend on their prescription painkillers to manage their negative emotions. Its no wonder 10% of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression. My dad has a good analogy for taking pain killers. He would tell his patients that were in pain and were taking pain killers, “Right now you’re tied to the train tracks and that train is coming, and the train whistle you hear is your pain. Taking pain killers is like putting ear plugs in so you don’t hear that whistle. We need to get you off the track.” And that’s what makes chiropractic different, we search for the cause of pain. Pain is there to tell you to slow down, something’s wrong. It prevents further damage, and by ignoring it, you may be doing more harm than good. Most back pain cases are mechanical or non-organic in nature, meaning not caused by serious conditions like infection, fracture, or cancer. Chiropractors believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and we help facilitate this process without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is now the fastest growing healthcare choice before drugs or surgery. So onto #1.
What should you expect when visiting Cedar Lake Chiropractic? Our main focus is to help you get well, stay healthy, and to accomplish this as naturally as possible. Some patients say that the greatest aspect of this office with a large reputation for excellence, is the small approach and personal attention each patient receives from our family practice using a very specific and detailed approach in providing chiropractic care. Some of the ailments we have had success treating include spinal pain, pain or numbness in the arms or legs, muscle tension, headaches, shoulder pain, glute pain, sciatica, and disc bulges. In trade you will notice increased range of motion, flexibility, strength, and endurance. We also have a full time medical massage therapist on staff to help us reach these goals. Many patients have avoided surgeries under our care at Cedar Lake Chiropractic, and have been shown techniques to ensure a healthy lifestyle beyond their initial complaint. Our family of doctor’s and staff are committed to bringing you gentle, effective chiropractic care, along with sound health care advice, as we strive to meet your health care goals, and there is no charge for a consultation which allows you to speak with me to see if yours is a chiropractic case. Now, more than ever, people are seeking to find a natural healing process that will find and correct the cause, not just the symptoms.