Your health is your most important asset. Like all assets, you must protect it. As you continue to on in life, who can you depend on to help you with your health, and the health of your family? Your insurance company? They do not care about you. Their objectives are to reduce coverage to increase profit. How about your doctor? Most doctors do care about you, but standard practice focuses on reducing a crisis, rather than improving your health. You may get help when your health has failed you, but nothing is done to maximize your health. What about books on health? There are so many contraindications in what we read that it is impossible to know what is right and what is wrong. How about the internet? There isn’t anyone policing the information that goes out onto the World Wide Web. You may read that the grass is purple on the internet, but we all know that isn’t the truth.

One thing is for sure…you are responsible for your health! By now you have heard of, read about, and have perceptions regarding chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation, exercise and herbs. We are in a new age of alternative health care, though I am hesitant to say chiropractic care falls into the “alternative” category. (Chiropractic care is as main-stream as medicine, though often times very misunderstood.) All of the previous alternative treatment methods have been proven to benefit people without the serious and dangerous side-effects of drugs or surgery. So what have you avoided incorporating these methods into your life? My guess is you just do not know what each really has to offer, and are paralyzed by your misconceptions or preconceived notions.

My specialty, Chiropractic care, is different and unique. Your nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and millions of nerves that are connected to every organ, tissue, and cell in the body. The brain tells everything in your body what to do. Signals are carried from the brain, down the spinal cord and out to the nerves, A chiropractic exam consists of checking the nervous system for pressure or interference in those signals. If there is pressure, your health is in trouble.

Symptoms may appear as a result of this nerve pressure. These symptoms may include anything from pain, numbness and inflammation, to bowel and bladder problems, stomach dysfunction and headaches. There are treatments for all of these symptoms. For pain, you swallow a pain killer. For inflammation, you try an anti-inflammatory. For constipation, you take a laxative. And for stomach dysfunctions, you put an antacid into your body. So what is the problem with that? The problem is that none of the above mentioned “treatments” correct the problem; they merely manage the symptoms until the body develops either a resistance to the drug, or the side-effects cause new health problems. If your check engine light comes on while driving down the road, you’re not going to just put a piece of duct tape over it and ignore it right? Of course not, you will take it to the mechanic to determine the problem before it worsens and is irreconcilable.

Chiropractors focus on finding nerve pressure, correcting it and allowing the body to function as close to 100% as possible. Health comes from the inside out, not from the outside in! Nothing is added to, or taken from the body. What a concept! Millions of people benefit from chiropractic care every single day. Many seek chiropractic care as a first step regarding their health problem, rather than waiting as a last resort. Many studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, less expensive (Up to 40% cheaper than a traditional allopathic approach), and patients are much more satisfied with the results.

One question you need to ask… “If my health problem is being corrected, why am I still taking these drugs?” Contact a chiropractic physician today if you or your children are suffering and not getting answers. If you are nervous about seeking care, think about the dangers of taking the drugs. You and your family do not want to wait for a crisis to occur!

Dr. Raymond runs a family Chiropractic practice in Austintown, OH. Consultations are offered at no charge to determine your specific health needs. To schedule an appointment, have questions answered, or to have a free health information packet sent to you, call 330.799.4400 today.