Chiropractic Care Offers Holistic Healing
During National Chiropractic Health Month in October, the American Chiropractic Association will bring attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers, with the theme #PainFreeNation. The campaign is part of the chiropractic profession’s ongoing efforts to educate on the value of utilizing more conservative forms of care for both acute and chronic pain before resorting to higher risk options.
Chiropractic is a form of holistic healing that uses spinal manipulation to relieve pain instead of drugs or surgery. The patient receives spinal adjustments to correct misalignments caused by sports injuries, improper posture, automobile accidents and stress-induced muscle tension. Such care can also alleviate headaches, allergies, asthma, digestive disorders and menstrual pain by healing the connection between the brain, spine and the nervous system.
Chiropractic care is one of the most frequently used alternative healing sources in the country and is recognized as a safe method of balancing the body. Earlier this year, the Joint Commission, which certifies more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including every major hospital, revised its pain management standard to include chiropractic services and acupuncture. Insurance covers many chiropractic services, making it available to a wider clientele.
In addition to adjustments, chiropractic care has expanded to offer a wide variety of healing techniques to promote whole body wellness, some of which are even less invasive on the body and spine, including massage, acupressure, acupuncture, nutritional counseling and energy field healing. Some specialized centers also have specific tools for examining the brain, motor skills and healing sports injuries. Several centers in Indianapolis represent the movement into functional medicine.
Eating a balanced diet of whole nutritional foods is essential for providing the body with minerals and nutrients to heal and repair. Due to the food industry’s use of chemicals, preservatives and unnatural dyes, consumption over time can lead the body to become depleted of nutrients, have less energy to handle stress, and heal from injury.
Therefore, many Indy area chiropractic centers offer nutritional counseling. The combination of eating a well-balanced diet and receiving chiropractic adjustments can help the body prevent disease.
“The human body is a self-healing and self-regulating machine,” says Dr. Jerry Whalen of the Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic and Wellness Center. “By giving the body proper nutrition, the body will have the resources to bring itself back into balance.”
Meeting with a professional to discuss nutritional needs and goals can help create an individualized plan with personalized recommendations and ongoing support.
The doctors at Morter HealthCenter agree the body is designed to be self-healing, and employ a system known as B.E.S.T. – Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique. This natural healing technique is designed to support the body’s natural self-healing, self-regulating mechanisms to restore balance and health.
Bio-energetic healing work has been found to be effective for all ages, due to its gentle, non-force approach using an acupressure technique that stimulates certain pressure points in the proper sequence. Illness is often caused by the body being under stress or holding on to emotional trauma. “The stresses in our lives often times become so embedded that we no longer recognize them as stresses,” notes Dr. Scott Cooper of Morter HealthCenter. “This work helps us to identify and remove them, without the use of force or drugs.”
More information on this technique is shared in the class, An Evening with the Doctor, held at Morter HealthCenter twice monthly. In addition to B.E.S.T., the center offers chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, lifestyle coaching and physical therapy.
Healing with Functional Neurology
The doctors at the Chiropractic Neurology Center in Indianapolis offer brain-based therapy services, with a focus on using the principles of functional medicine and neurology. Functional neurology helps determine where the failure in the nervous system exists, then guiding care professionals to provide activities to stimulate and activate the area of failure.
“Because of our emphasis on the brain-body connection,” says Dr. Brad Ralston, “treatment focuses on balancing the brain’s output to the body. When the brain operates more efficiently, it communicates better with the body and, in most cases, improves overall function.
”With the goal of discovering and treating the root cause of the problem, traditional chiropractic care is paired with functional neurology, endocrinology and immunology. “By integrating these important areas of patient care,” continues Ralston, “we are able to help a diverse group of patients.”
Chiropractic Neuorolgy Center offers a wide range of diagnostic evaluation equipment and rehabilitation techniques to restore health and wellness. One tool they use is Computerized Dynamic Posturography – Comprehensive Assement of Postural Systems (CAPS), a non-invasive assessment technique that also evaluates the client’s posture and balance. It’s helpful in diagnosing balance disorders and creating a physical therapy plan for postural re-education, and can also help with sports injuries.
The many alternative, whole body healing approaches offered in chiropractic centers illustrates the changing face of chiropractic care, reaching further into the functional medicine healing realm. The many holistic modalities now offered allow even more options for individualized care and healing.