Those who were initially introduced to the teachings of Daniel Palmer and his son Bartlett were often flabbergasted at the ideas these two came up with.
After all, was not the conventional medical wisdom sufficient?
Did the learned men of the time not take care of their patients in such a way that the very notion of creating an alternative form of healing should be heresy?
Similar feelings are still sometimes found in today’s medical establishment, although they are no longer voiced overtly.
Chiropractic care was always a bit at odds with the traditional notion of healing. The adjustments done by well-trained chiropractors are often deemed to be little more than feel-good medicine that works more on a mental level than on an actual physical one.
Of course, this notion could not be further from the truth, and in fact, it is not just the healings that have so many patients flocking to the chiropractors of today. It's the idea that they are promoting wellness in a holistic way and not simply seeing the patient as an aching back, a limping leg, or a sprained wrist.
It is interesting to note that nowadays, few people doubt the fact that medical science and chiropractics can work hand in hand. They are a match made in heaven for many patients who might have made the rounds with conventional doctors for years before visiting a chiropractor, who was able to help them with their ailment within weeks!
What makes this match so interesting is the notion that in addition to treating the problem the patient presents at the chiropractic visit, the healthcare professional will also assess whether or not they think the complaint will resurface later either in the short term or the long term.
The idea that health risks can be prevented in the future makes chiropractic care a bit different from the kind of medical care that simply focuses on the here and now and does not add the idea of lifestyle counseling and dissemination of health information to its repertoire.
This kind of lifestyle counseling is oftentimes expressed in the questions a chiropractor asks about a patient’s hobbies, work, and specific work-related activities. A chiropractor will then take the scientific advances made in the fields of ergonomics and neuromuscular medicine and combine them to create a health regimen built for success.
Chiropractic and clinical sciences complement one another to such a large extent that many physicians now consider chiropractors to be doctors of a different discipline but with just as much knowledge, understanding of the human body, and clout in the medical field as they themselves enjoy.
As a matter of fact, chiropractic is considered to be a very valuable medical science because it treats the structural and neurological function of the body and explores their relationship.
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