In their search for more natural options to maintain health and treat disease, many people ask and research if regular chiropractic care has any meaningful benefits. We have to say that, yes, it most definitely has, and we will explain why.
First, it is important to understand how you define prevention. In the field of traditional medicine, prevention means detecting a serious disease early in its development, or employing toxic shots or medicine which present side effects that are much worse than the condition itself.
What traditional medicine hasn’t accounted for, and what most doctors and patients ignore, is that these methods only work when the illness is already present in the body. Do you really think this is prevention? Isn’t it obvious where the medical field’s main interest resides? Yes, sadly, in your wallet.
Let’s just analyze one common procedure: mammograms. It has been shown that 70% to 80% of the positive findings in a mammogram are proven negative by following biopsies, and around 25% of the real cancer cases are missed by mammograms. Mammograms employ very high doses of ionizing radiation to create an x-ray image of the tissue in the breast. This type of radiation is known to increase the activity of cancerous cells, and, in reality, can cause cancer to appear.
Just consider the proven fact that around 52% of women may have inactive cancerous cells in their breasts that may never become active; however, when exposed to high doses of radiation, this can change. In other words, receiving regular mammograms may in reality increase many women’s chances of developing cancer.
A study performed not long ago showed that out of every 2000 women who received mammograms for more than 10 years, only one got a chance for a longer life, while 10 had to go through pointless and most likely harmful procedures. The hidden truth behind these studies is how profitable these procedures are for the cancer industry. In reality, mammograms are not wildly promoted because they detect cancer; these are forced on women because they mean big bucks. And very sadly, this is what many think preventive medicine is all about.
Our health is always changing. You can easily mark a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is “almost dying” and 10 is “perfect health”, and on a daily basis, track where your status is. You can also think what actions could increase the number and which ones will decrease it or maintain it. The truth is that preventive medicine is anything that prevents or minimizes your moves towards the low numbers, while at the same time moves you up the scale.
In other words, the benefits must overpower the negatives, and these should be much better than doing nothing. So, what would be the deeper functional benefits here? Why keep getting regular chiropractic care if you feel and look like a million bucks?
Well, this regular practice basically helps you move towards the upper end of the scale every single day. A chiropractic adjustment is much more than cracking your back; it enhances your nervous system’s ability to work at its best. The nervous system controls and manages almost every body function, thus, it is essential for good health, just as much as good nutrition, exercise, and enough sleep are. Whether a person is healthy or sick, chiropractic care will provide great benefits and almost no disadvantages.
Consider it this way: if you give your car and teeth maintenance, why not give it to your body? Remember that you can always get a new car, but you will never be able to get a new body if it fails.