It's amazing how many opportunities to be healthy are presented in front of us on a daily basis. I see them everywhere... however, it can be somewhat misleading... for Instance... ZERO TRANS FATS on a bag of Doritos or a LeanCousine meal, containins "anti-oxidants" on a can of diet 7-up... but really, are they healthy for us? Of course not, but we gotta hand it to their marketing team on helping us feel better about some of poor eating habits.
These leads me to today's discussion... one of the many great things about chiropractic is that there is OVER 200 chiropractic techniques out there, MANY OF US PRACTICE SEVERAL DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES and HAVE MANY "TOOLS" IN OUR TRAINING TO BEST SUIT OUR PATIENTS NEEDS. Some Chiropractors chose to master one or two of these techniques and use it on every patient... AND they get great results. That's awesome! The more of us out there that practice differently allows us (chiropractors) to help more and more individuals... In fact, I find it necessary that many of us practice different from one chiropractor to another and NO ONE TECHNIQUE WORKS FOR EVERYONE. If we were all MADE 100% THE SAME, then we would only need ONE TECHNIQUE... however, no one is ever "textbook" ... some of us respond differently to the same types of care....
If you're not already a patient of Back in Line, It is important to know two things about chiropractic... their are STRAIGHTS (those chiropractors ONLY PRACTICING THE ART OF CHIROPRACTIC, They ONLY know how to adjust you... AND I hate to sterotype, they are VERY ANTI-MEDICAL) and then we have the DIRTY MIXERS (THAT'D BE US, AT BACK IN LINE, WE PRACTICE THE ART, PHILOSOPHY, AND SCIENCE, of Chiropractic)... we are great adjustors, know the importance of having removed joint dysfunction, aka, "subluxations", and practice proven scientific evidence on how to lead a lifestyle minimizing the reoccurrence and frequency of those "subluxations". WE are not ANTI-MEDICINE, however, we are PRO-LESS-INVASIVE FIRST (there is a time and place for everything, ask me about my friend, STRAIGHT chiropractor whose son is 30% deaf because he refused to put tubes in his child's ears..., however, a 15month old pt at BIL resolved her ear infections with chiropractic adjustments forgoing ear tubes - It's important for us to know when we can go the chiropractic route and to know when more invasive measures need to be considered. Like I said, TIME AND PLACE FOR EVERYTHING). Some of our patients come to us in bad shape, just got in a bad car accident, currently under-going chemotherapy, have a birth defect, etc, and need to have coordinated care with their medical physicians. We love working with the medical community as we have a great opportunity to see the need for both forms of healthcare for our patients.
While reading a recent post by a chiropractic colleague on facebook bashing those of us that implement THERAPY in addition to the CHIROPRACTIC and questing how we can "justify" using THERAPIES in practice... (YES, I HOPE YOU CAN HEAR MY STEPPING ON MY SOAP-BOX ;))...
There are a ton of us Chiropractors (straights, and mixers) out in the field helping millions of people feel great and live a better life. When Back in Line Family Chiropractic & WELLNESS was created... our goal was NEVER JUST ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC... it was more about a HEALTHIER LIFE and how we can help our patients to the best of our training and ability. When I asked a 3rd grade class how HEALTH was defined to them I got MANY DIFFERENT RESPONSES... from good sleep, good eating habits (Ironically, one kid did mention going to the chiropractor :) - yes, that child was a patient), exercise, time with friends and family, feeling good, HEADACHE FREE, pain free, etc. etc. Please note, Chiropractic principles say that a "healthy" individual is someone who is "subluxation free". While I agree with that statement, there are MANY MANY things we can do on a daily basis to help prevent or reduce those subluxations for occurring. (In case you don't know, a subluxation is a bone or a joint that has not in proper alignment causing pain, nerve interference, and overall body dysfunction. Chiropractors remove subluxations when delivering adjustments). Those things include proper nutrition, decent exercise, rest and sleep, spiritual well-being, financial well-being CHIROPRACTIC adjustments, soft tissue care, etc.
We at Back in Line KNOW that spinal alignment is ABOVE ALL, the most important in working towards optimum health, HOWEVER, we use NUMEROUS therapies that REDUCE TREATMENT TIME, FREQUENCY, AND TOTAL OUT-OF-POCKET expenses for our patients. We pride ourselves in being A PATIENT-CENTERED CLINIC implementing evidence-based practices. We don't see EVERY SINGLE PATIENT ON THE SAME TREATMENT PLAN. We love that our clinic is individual focused.... (the 8 day old, the 8 year old, 48 year old, and 88 year old DO NOT GET THE SAME TREATMENT PLAN (same # of expected visits to "feel" better - some chiropractors put every patient on the same # of visits), they get a treatment plan based on their needs... pain relief, symptom relief, AND THEN WE MOVE TO WELLNESS AND THE TRUE CHIROPRACTIC PLAN OF SUBLUXATION FREE PLANS). Some of our patients get CHIROPRACTIC only, while some will get a combination of chiropractic adjustments, myofascial therapies, and muscle stimulation, while others may just need a few chiro, and acupuncture treatments. It all depends on the individual. Back to the PRIDE in Back in Line Family Chiropractic & Wellness, we WILL NEVER WASTE...
1. OUR PATIENT'S TIME
2. OUR PATIENT'S MONEY
3. OUR PATIENT'S HEALTH
If studies, research, and evidence didn't prove effectiveness of success we wouldn't use the therapies to supplement what chiropractic does for our health. WE KNOW that together, therapies and chiropractic do MORE when combined in one office visit for our patients then Chiropractic alone. We will always continue to work in the best interest of our patients....
At the end of the day... our goal is to love and to serve. There are great STRAIGHT chiropractors out there as well as GREAT DIRTY MIXERS for chiropractors. The STIFF STRAIGHTS, and the DIRTY MIXERS have been seen amazing results... no doubt about it.
Of course we love our take on health best....
ALL IN GOOD HEALTH!
Dr. CJ "stepping off my soap-box" Kleene
Founder, Owner, of BACK IN LINE FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS
Supporter of evidence-based Chiropractic
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Drs. Nate, CJ, and Hannah will take turns sharing information they stumble across from certain research, publications, or may just post a quick healthy tidbit to keep you motivated to leading a happier, healthier lifestyle!