What’s the main difference between chiropractic care and medical care? Chiropractic seeks only to remove
abnormal spinal and joint motion that might interfere with your body’s normal function allowing you to naturally
heal. Medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat the symptom of what might be wrong with you by adding
something from the outside; a medication and/or a surgery. As a rock and roll fan, my favorite example to
describe the distinction between the two professions is to look at the difference between AC electrical current
versus DC electrical current. Even though they may take different avenues, they both can turn the lights on.
Ultimately both MD’s and DC’s focus on better ways to get you well they just do it in their own unique way.
Although I am sure we would all agree that the best way to treat an illness or disease is to prevent it in the first
There has traditionally been a lack of appreciation between the traditional medical establishment and the
chiropractic community, but this has slowly been changing. The irrefutable evidence that chiropractic care has
successfully produced favorable, drug-free and natural relief from a variety of conditions has led many in the
medical profession to acknowledge the valuable place chiropractic holds in the Healthcare arena. Chiropractic
care is holistic in its approach to you. A holistic approach sees you as a whole person whose parts are
interdependent on each other. Medical care takes an allopathic approach, meaning that your care tends to be
focused on the specific area of your body that has become problematic.
The following is not an all-inclusive analysis of the difference between the care provided, by medical doctors
versus that of doctors of chiropractic. We merely intended to highlight some of the main differences in philosophy
in treating various ailments. Traditional medical doctors have become expert at treating the body in crisis mode,
when health has faltered to the point where various disease processes have taken hold. The body is seen as a
series of organs and tissues, instead of vital parts of a whole human being. Chiropractors are trained to see their
patients’ disorders as evidence that the patient’s body is out of balance, due to a variety of factors including
genetic predisposition, physical and emotional habits and attitudes, and dietary and exercise deficits. They work
with the patient to correct physical imbalances through spinal manipulation and physical therapy modalities.
I always find it interesting, when an individual learns the truth about chiropractic and realize what a shame it is
that they were not informed earlier. My objective is to simply present the truth and the raw facts, and let you, the
consumer, make an informed decision. Medical doctors are proficient at what they do. If you want to treat a
disease, a symptom or have surgery then they are the doctors to visit. However, if you prefer a different, all natural
approach to health, well then, the chiropractic method of joint mobility just might be the right choice for you.
Chiropractic versus medicine, here are the main differences:
- Chiropractic care is a natural non-invasive form of treatment.
- Chiropractic care is focused on detecting and setting right the cause of the problem.
- Chiropractic care is holistic in nature and concentrates on the wellness of the patient.
- Chiropractic care revolves around the fact that the nervous system controls everything.
- There are no real side effects in chiropractic care.
- Above all, chiropractic treatment is safe.
Look at it like a sputtering sprinkler.
When your yard sprinkler is not producing enough water pressure to effectively run you wouldn't just go out there
and pour some chemicals on the sprinkler, nor would you throw some pills, potion or lotion on your seemingly
dysfunctional water sprinkler. If you just replace that sprinkler with a new one, you still have not determined if the
sprinkler was the true cause of the problem. You have to take a step back and look and see if there is something
else that might cause your sprinkler to have less water pressure. Is there a kink in the hose, is something putting
pressure on the hose that would lessen the water pressure? This is a simple analogy of how we as
chiropractors approach your pain issues; we look at what caused it, how we can help heal you and how can we
stop the problem from causing your symptoms again. Sounds great doesn’t it! Give us a call and feel the
“I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.”
- - Jimmy Stewart in the movie “Harvey” - -