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Real Change

Written by Sarah Farrant, DC   
Saturday, 01 March 2008 00:00
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When most people come into the practice, they are coming in “for” something and are carrying with them a particular symptom which they want rectified instantly.

They have usually tried everything else: pills, herbal mixtures, a new exercise, fads and other health care professionals. Most have found one or a combination of them didn’t deliver what “it” promised, or rather what they were expecting, which is usually instantaneous relief. We are constantly in search of one thing that will make us better, more stable, or which will ultimately take the pain and/or discomfort away. We generally want the pleasure without the pain. However, the universal intelligence doesn’t deliver onesided emotions. Pleasure and pain are inversely proportional to one another. The innate intelligence of the body, however, is constantly searching for the balance point where there is harmony, for example, between the pleasure and pain experience. There is no world in which only pleasure exists; there is both good and bad. We have all emotions within us. To expect one without the other is to set ourselves up for a fall in the equal and opposite direction.

There are no “outside-in” approaches in chiropractic. Chiropractors work with the body’s innate knowledge and understanding to allow the body to reach new states of being. The spinal column houses the most precious piece of machinery ever designed: the central nerve system. This allows us to have a plethora of physical, chemical and emotional changes take place independently or all at the same time. How ingenious! Let me give you a special example of the difference chiropractic made in Caleb’s life and that of his parents when his parents began to trust the body’s innate intelligence.

Caleb was two years old when his mother brought him into the practice. Caleb had experienced a severe fall, which his mother didn’t see, but she had noticed his left temporal area was red and a little swollen. A week after the fall, Caleb developed a hematoma in the brain and had started having seizures. His mother took him to their local medical doctor who self-assuredly told her that the fall had nothing to do with the seizures and that Caleb had just developed epilepsy. Caleb’s mother remained unconvinced, but left the doctor’s suite with medication prescribed to control her son’s epileptic seizures and to prevent him from having grand mal seizures. Caleb’s mother went ahead and administered the medication she had received from their medical doctor. After a period of time she noticed other changes in her son.

The body is remarkable in how it still chooses to release pressure from the increased neural activity in someone who has epilepsy even when medication is administered to “control” the seizures. There still needs to be an outlet to release the pressure that is building internally. When the body’s ability to express its health is masked it finds another way to give you the message. This is exactly what happened to Caleb. He began to have “drop attacks,” where he would suddenly fall and be unconscious for a few seconds. The family lived on a farm and through their concern for these drop attacks they had him wear a crash helmet. His parents started to become very concerned when things weren’t changing and he was continuing to have these attacks with increased frequency. They felt there had to be something else that could help him and the family.