Often times when discussion arises around a convoluted topic such as chiropractic, it is easy to get caught up in the rumors, misconceptions, and hearsay. The purpose of this article is to shed some light onto this thing called chiropractic, to build on its philosophy, and to explain a little bit about how it really gained a strong footing as a healing art.
As you may or may not be aware, the work that we do here at Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder is almost unrecognizable to those familiar with chiropractic. Although we typically care for those suffering with long standing health issues like migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease, we also do help those suffering from common complains like low back pain and neck pain. In fact, those cases respond very well in the office.
People always ask me, “If chiropractic is as great as you say it is, why don’t more people know about it”. That is a great question that I wanted to touch on very briefly here. The landscape of chiropractic was very different around its inception in 1895. Did you know that the first patient was nearly deaf and after having the second bone in his neck “adjusted” was able to hear again? Chiropractic really gained traction and acceptance during the Spanish Flu of 1918. For those of you who recall the events of the Spanish Flu, it was a catastrophic epidemic. 1/3 of the earth’s population contracted the flu with between 20 and 50 million passing.
“National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 886.”
“Reports show that in New York City, during the influenza epidemic of 1918, out of every 10,000 cases medically treated, 950 died; and in every 10,000 pneumonia cases medically treated 6,400 died. These figures are exact, for in that city these are reportable diseases.”
It is no secret that chiropractic care has a profound impact on the health of its patients. The incredible success chiropractic patients had during this tumultuous time speaks to that fact. This trend continued for many years, with advances in the field to improve upon the successes seen in very sick individuals. However, in the 1980s-late 90s the landscape of chiropractic changed very rapidly. The scope of coverage for chiropractic expanded, causing an increase in billing and treatments provided. Instead of focusing attention on the root cause of patient’s health, they began to treat symptoms with a host of physical therapy modalities. Revenues increased, but patient’s results faltered. There is a growing trend for doctors of chiropractic to fall back on the roots of chiropractic, to address the root cause of health issues and help guide their patients back towards being well.
That is the sole focus at Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder. Our only objective is to restore normal function of the nerve system, allowing the body to function as it was designed. A crude example to illustrate this idea is if you have ever had a cut on your finger, you probably cleaned the cut and placed a bandage over it. You periodically changed the bandage and cleaned the wound. After 5-10 days, the cut was healed. Now, was it the bandage and Neosporin that healed the cut? If you think it was, try cutting a raw steak, clean and bandage it. After 5-10 days, it is very unlikely that the cut had closed. Our bodies are designed to heal and maintain active organization every moment of our lives. We have 75 trillion individual, unique cells within us all performing a unique task without any conscious thought on our part. The nervous system is the communication highway; a problem here will lead to health challenges in the future. Whether you have low back pain, neck pain, or a more serious neurological condition, schedule a complimentary consultation to see how your nerve system is functioning. If there is dysfunction, we are here to help. Remember, your current state of health does NOT dictate your future.
About Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder
At Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder we are not only concerned about your symptoms, but also you as a person and what is important to you. We know that not everyone’s the same and not everyone has the same goals. It is important to us that we present a chiropractic care plan that works for you and is tailored to you and your health concerns.
We’re a specialty Boulder Chiropractor focused on back pain, neck pain, vertigo, and migraine headaches. Our patients visit our Boulder office from all over Northern Colorado, including, Longmont, Erie, Superior, Lafayette, Niwot, Louisville, Broomfield, and Denver, Colorado.
Contact Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder today to schedule a free evaluation. Specialized upper cervical chiropractic care is by no means a “hail Mary” solution, but if you haven’t yet seen Dr. Bremner, you’re nowhere close to running out of options.