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Q: What attracts people to chiropractic care?

Posted August 27, 2014 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: Many patients are attracted to chiropractic because they had a painful problem and wanted a safe, all-natural drug-free way to get well. Some tried other approaches to address their condition and ended up with chiropractic as the proverbial “last resort” which finally helped them.

It’s normal for people to go to doctors to help them through a health crisis — doctors of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, dentistry and other fields are accustomed to patients coming in to be treated on an emergency basis. But the chiropractic approach is somewhat different. The chiropractor often does not directly treat your condition, but rather is focused on helping the nerve system to do a better job running the body. It’s up to the brain and the brain’s wiring system, the nerve system, to send messages throughout the body to direct the healing process, and chiropractors find where this nerve control is disrupted and correct it to restore normal function.

That’s why chiropractors help people with all different kinds of problems. Removing interference in the nerve system affects every aspect of the body’s function that is under nerve control, and that’s almost everything. It’s also the reason you don’t have to wait until you have a health problem before you consult a doctor of chiropractic. By keeping your brain, nerve system and spine healthy, you improve your body’s ability to function and heal itself. Get regular chiropractic checkups for yourself and your family. It keeps your brain and body working together to keep you healthy.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.

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