Does Chiropractic Work?

Does Chiropractic work? Have you been to a Chiropractor in Singapore before? Or been curious to visit one for your chronic health problem in Singapore? Read on to find out if it always works and why.

The simple answer is, no. Chiropractic won’t always work for every condition; in the same way that any medical or health based procedure will not always work. However, it is important to make the distinction of what “works” means. Works can refer to one of 2 aspects:

  1. Function (the cause)
  2. Symptoms (the consequence)

It is important to make this distinction, because although they are intertwined and linked, function and symptoms are not a clear cut example of correlation.

Learn more about Nervous System Functions and Diseases, here.

Symptoms vs. Functions

Think of symptoms vs. function with the following analogy:

You are watering your garden and a large rock falls on the hose, slowing the flow of the water from the nozzle. Removing the rock is dealing with function (the cause), playing with the nozzle where the water exits is the symptoms. Which makes more sense?

Read more about the Signs of Nerve System Problems, here.

However, before delving further into the differences of symptoms and function in relation to whether Chiropractic works, the simpler question must be established; what is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a profession focused on the detection, location and correction of vertebral Subluxation. Vertebral Subluxation is a disruption to the nerve system through misalignment of the spinal bones (especially at the top of the neck), occlusion and pressure on the nerves, thus interfering with nerve function.

A Chiropractors goal should be to correct this Subluxation, restoring normal nerve function (also known as neural integrity) so that the body and brain can communicate properly. When these communication pathways are clear the brain will keep the body healthy; in the same way it has for your life so far, healing wounds, digesting food, renewing cells and leading your immune response.

Read more about the Causes of Subluxation, here.

In this sense, a Chiropractor isn’t focused on the symptoms such as vertigo or migraines; they certainly care about them and how they affect the patient, but their role is to focus on the function of the body, as this will logically heal aforementioned symptoms. So in this understanding, Chiropractic always works, as long as it is done correctly and there are no extenuating biological circumstances, such as a severe fracture or killed nerves.

But what about the times where there is excessive damage?

Let’s go back to the analogy of the garden hose. The rock falls, slowing the water, then you remove it. However, when you do you realise the rock has cut the hose; or the rock was left there too long and now the hose is damaged and deformed. These are examples of a physical, functional change.

Thankfully your body is intelligent and can heal better than a hose, but there are some instances that may be difficult for your body to overcome.

In much the same way, if you have had a serious injury which severs the nerves, it may result that Chiropractic cannot work because the normal function cannot be restored. Or if Subluxation has been present for a long time, it may mean your body takes much longer to heal than it would have if addressed sooner. In the last example it may be that Chiropractic works, but much slower due to the years of damage and deterioration that have gone uncorrected.

Read more about What Chiropractors Do, here.

There must also be co-operation with the Chiropractor to achieve improved health. If you have a navigation system but don’t follow its directions, it would not be fair to say it doesn’t work; therefore the plan and advice of the doctor must also be adhered to.

Chiropractic will work, does work, has worked. It will restore health if there hasn’t been too much damage and you cooperate.

– Dr B.J. Palmer

We don’t deal with symptoms, we deal with the cause, by correcting the cause, YOUR body gets rid of the symptoms.

Take your life back.

Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions. 

Take your life back.

 For a Complimentary, no-obligation call with the Doctor or to book a Consultation, call +65 8438 9550 or email help@vitalitychiropracticcentres.com to find out if we can help you at our Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore.

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