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Today's Chiropractic

When I was in my early twenties, I gained a rock solid understanding of the reality of a subluxation related syndrome. 

Initially, I visited a GP who after a brief chat, prescribed medication to treat my symptoms. As this proved to be unsatisfactory I followed a relative's advice to see a chiropractor.  The management by two professionals to the same disorder could not have differed more. 

The chiropractor explained the subluxation concept. His examination then identified my subluxations. He suggested that correcting the subluxations would define if my symptoms were or were not, caused by subluxations. In my instance correcting the cause alleviated my symptoms, chiropractic worked, it got results and for me that was what counted. 

Looking back on the medical management, the GP knew what my symptoms were and prescribed medication to manage those symptoms. He made no mention of the cause of my symptoms possibly being subluxations, nor did he carry out any investigation relating to subluxations. 

Nowadays, but for my relative's advice, I assume that I may have retained my subluxations and continued to have medical treatment for my subluxation related symptoms for as long as the subluxation continues to produce them. 

Later, when I discussed my satisfactory outcome with medical practitioners, I expected them to reflect the maxim the wellbeing of patient will be my first concern. Instead none of them mention my recovery. Each criticised me for having attended a chiropractor, heatedly condemned chiropractic, deriding its unique philosophy and its core service, locating and adjusting subluxations.   

Having the medical provider whose health care failed criticise my choice of seeing the chiropractor whose care succeeded, discredited the claim that medical anti-chiropractic conduct was motivated by a perceived need to protect patient interests. My reality changed to: protecting medical vested interests motivates medical anti-chiropractic conduct.

With regard to subluxation related disorders, the difference between the two forms of management is that medical management addresses the subluxation related symptom/s while not discovering the cause of the symptom/s, the subluxation. 

Ideally the management loop will go from feeling normal > excess stress > subluxation > seeking chiropractic care > having subluxations adjusted > symptomatic relief.  That happens to a minority of new chiropractic patients.

A majority of chiropractic patients share a history of a management loop that went from feeling normal > excess stress > subluxation > seeking medical treatment, failure to recover > chiropractic care > having subluxations adjusted > symptomatic relief. 

My experience at Attadale Chiropractic clinic has given me an appreciation that I am one of millions of patients who, over decades have tried medical management and after finding it to be unsatisfactory have gone on to have a successful outcome following chiropractic care. 

Since my original experience with these two vastly differing managements of subluxation related disorders, I have as a chiropractor shared this journey with thousands of patients.  They begin chiropractic care as I did without an understanding of subluxations.  In a like manner to my chiropractor, we provide an initial introduction and practical demonstrations of their own subluxations and in most accepted patients, they eventually demonstrate that theirs was a subluxation related disorder.  

As many of the failed-medical-successful-chiropractic patients recall this aspect of their chiropractic care, they also begin to grasp the big picture of seven billion human spines, each with a predisposition to subluxate and create symptoms which may warrant some form of treatment. Of all the people who ever existed we are among the relatively few who have had our subluxations located and adjusted. 

Even in today's Australia, only about half of the health care patients can access chiropractic because long ago governments impose trade barriers that deny many of those patients who have subluxation related disorders, access to government funded chiropractic care to correct the cause of their symptoms.

Those trade barriers protect pharmacy based medicine’s profit derived from the continued treatment of the subluxation related symptoms for as long as the subluxation continued to produce them.

Today's chiropractic patients still tell of their GP criticising them for having chiropractic care. Such patients recognise that in matters chiropractic, medical opinions are not necessarily trustworthy.

 

Your Chiropractor

Michael McKibbin passed his Iowa Basic Science and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.

Since then both wonderful staff and patients have contributed toward decades of valued experience in his family practice.

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