Doctors of Chiropractic have become the second largest primary health care providers in the western world today. Although growing in popularity every day, many people still do not know the true essence of chiropractic care or the vital role it plays in Family Wellness.
Administered in Davenport, Iowa by D.D. Palmer, the first chiropractic adjustment demonstrated the relationship between reduced nerve function in the spine and hearing. As the understanding of the adjustment evolved, it became clear that abnormal pressure on nerves could adversely affect numerous functions of the body. D.D. Palmer defined the causes of abnormal pressure and resulting stress on nerves to be the result of: trauma, toxins and thought. Today we have become more familiar with the terms: physical, chemical and mental stress.
The job of your Doctor of Chiropractic is to locate, analyze and adjust these areas of your spine that are experiencing nerve system stress. The specific chiropractic adjustment allows your body to function with a greater expression of health and well-being. It is this understanding of the scientific principle of chiropractic which substantiates the importance of regular chiropractic adjustments throughout life.
D.D.’s vision of chiropractic included Family Wellness Care right from the start. In his 1910 textbook titled, The Chiropractor’s Adjustor, D.D. Palmer has this to say, “The principles of Chiropractic should be known and utilized in the growth of the infant and continue as a safeguard throughout life”. In essence, we experience numerous stresses affecting normal nerve system function. Regular chiropractic care is our on-going “safe guard” for life long health and well-being.
We can all relate to the many physical, chemical and mental stresses our families are subject to on a regular basis. This issue addresses some seasonally stressful activities and routines that affect our families’ lives on a daily basis. As parents we can offer our children the optimal ability to reduce nerve system stress with regular chiropractic care. Furthermore, our awareness of the importance of the chiropractic adjustment empowers us to make supportive lifestyle choices as well. I hope this edition of Pathways becomes a means for more parents to understand and choose the Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle for their loved ones.
Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #03.