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Dr Harry Heeder DC San Diego Chiropractor | Myths and Misconceptions About Chiropractic

San Diego Chiropractor, Dr Harry Heeder DC tells a story that clearly defines the impact of misconceptions in Chiropractic.

He says, “I had a 67 year old lady in the practice with advanced degenerative joint disease; spinal arthritis.

“When we looked at her x-ray and I showed her the degeneration, she said it was normal, after all, she was 67. I said, “This arthritic joint of yours is 67 years old, right?” She said “Yes.” I asked her how old the adjacent healthy joint was. She said, “Don’t be silly it’s 67 years old.” I pointed to another healthy one and asked, “How about this one?” She said, “You know that’s 67 years old too. What’s your point?”

“I said, “If all the joints are the same age and they are right next to each other, why is this damaged one considered normal to you?” She had no answer. While it is common that neglect leads to degeneration and arthritis, it is not normal. Normal is the healthy joint.”

In this case the misconception came about by believing that the disease was “normal” while healthy was the “abnormal”.  Much the same can be said about the myths surrounding chiropractic.

Myth 1: Once you go to the chiropractor you have to go forever.

Truth: The choice is always yours. We know that the better we maintain things the longer they will last and the better they will perform for us. Your spine and nervous system are no different. How long will you continue to eat healthy food, drink clean water and brush your teeth? Chiropractic is effective at eliminating common complaints and works even better as a proactive approach to health, just like any other healthy lifestyle habit you choose.

Myth 2: Chiropractic adjustments are scary and dangerous.

Truth: 1.There are no studies that show chiropractic care is unsafe.

2. We know that insurance companies (whether it’s health, home, auto, homeowners insurance) assign the highest insurance premiums to the riskiest endeavors. Chiropractors pay the lowest insurance premiums of any doctor because it is the safest healing art with no known negative side effects.

3. Western medicine is responsible for over 100,000 deaths per year just from side effects from prescribing the “right” drug to the “right” person for the “right” symptom at the “right” dosage. Chiropractic care is the safest and most conservative healing art we know.

When someone finds they do need a professional in chiropractic, the three most important things they should look for in that professional are:

First, make sure that the chiropractor you see specializes in the function of the nervous system.  It is well documented that just treating symptoms without addressing the underlying cause is usually a temporary solution that often simply makes you more comfortable while your health continues to deteriorate.  We know that you can feel good and still be unhealthy – think high blood pressure – so improving your function is a much better predictor of good health.

Second, make sure that the office has the most technically advanced equipment available that fully documents where the cause of your problem lay.  The use of the Neuroinfinti from Thought Technologies allows the doctor to precisely monitor your progress. According to the Neuroinfiniti research, readings of one’s internal stress level over time – in this case 12 minutes – gives an excellent window into the patient’s cortical [thinking] and limbic [emotional] function. However, the real value of the Stress Response Evaluation is that it not only measures how the patient responds to a stressor, but more importantly, it measures how quickly the patient recovers from the stressor. It is one’s ability to adapt to and recover from life’s stressors that is the true measure of healthy function. This technology is so advanced that it was endorsed by the International Olympic Committee.

Third, since you feel more comfortable knowing that the person doing the work on the deck behind your home or your automobile is not just a general repair person but specializes in the repairs you need, you want the same expertise in your doctor.  In addition to traditional chiropractic, look for advanced training in chiropractic pediatrics, pregnancy care, biofeedback and neurofeedback to help a variety of conditions in a variety of populations. Make sure whichever doctor you choose has spent the time and the money to further their education so you get the care you need.

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