By: Dr. Chip Abbadessa
Chiropractic is the largest licensed,
non-medical health care profession in North America, with approximately 60,000
practitioners in the United States.
Chiropractors are doctors. They earn a
doctor of chiropractic degree after completing three to four years of
undergraduate study and a four-year professional course. After graduation,
they must pass further exams to obtain a license to practice.
There are basically two styles of
chiropractic practice. One type of chiropractor is what we refer to as
“limited-scope” or “symptom-relief” practitioner. These
chiropractors choose to limit their practice to dealing with back and neck
pain only. Such doctors provide specialized care to patients with
musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
The other type is a “wellness” or
“corrective” chiropractor. A wellness chiropractor focuses on general
health and well-being. The objective of the wellness chiropractor is to
work with you in maximizing your life potential and to correct the
Chiropractic is based on the philosophy that
the body is a self-healing, self-regulating and self-developing organism
and your nervous system is the master system and controller of your body.
If you cut your finger, it heals. You
don’t have to take anything or do anything to make that happen. If you
were to cut the finger of a dead person, healing would not occur. Life
heals; it is as simple as that.
You live your life through your nervous
system. Right now, your heart is beating, kidneys working, liver
functioning and brain chemicals flowing all without you having to think
about it. This is because your nervous system is coordinating it all and
making it happen. What would happen if there was interference with the
function of your nervous system? It would interfere with you body’s
ability to heal and regulate.
An important term and concept that every
person should know and understand is “vertebral subluxation.”
Vertebral subluxation, or “subluxation” for short, refers to a
mechanical problem in the spine that
causes nerve interference. When a person is sublux-ated, it reduces
his ability to heal, regulate and express well-being. Like cavities in
teeth, subluxations are very common in our culture. It is the primary goal
of the chiropractor to detect and correct subluxations so that you can
improve healing, regulation, and general well-being.
A limited nervous system means limited
wellness. If we want to optimally create higher levels of wellness, we
then need to remove nervous system interference as a part of the
Dr. Chip Abbadessa, a resident of Kaneohe, has specialized in corrective chiropractic care since 1988. He can be reached by calling 234-5535.