Just like a medical doctor, a chiropractor receives many years of education and training before they can practice. However, there is a big difference in the philosophies that a chiropractor and a medical doctor have when it comes to treating their patients. They both have different methods of determining a patient’s issue and they have different methods of treating those issues. The following are some of the differences between treatment from a chiropractor and treatment from a medical doctor.
1. When it comes to diagnosing a patient, a medical doctor often relies on blood tests because blood chemistry can detect many metabolic diseases. A chiropractor diagnoses a patient based on the condition of the patient’s nervous systems since nerve interference is the cause of a multitude of health issues.
2. When it comes to treating a patient for a health issue, medical doctors typically have three treatment options. The most common choice of treatment is with drugs. These medications change the blood chemistry of the patient. The second choice is surgery. This option modifies or removes tissues of the body. The third treatment option is radiation. This option burns tissues. The common denominator in each of these three treatment options is that they treat symptoms but fail to treat the underlying cause of the symptoms.
A chiropractor’s treatment option is adjustment. A chiropractor has dozens of techniques they can use on a patient. These adjustments result in more normal brain-to-body nerve communications. By eliminating nerve interference, the body is able to function the way it is supposed to. This results in an elimination of symptoms.
3. Watch any drug commercial on television, and there is usually a litany of possible – and dangerous – side effects associated with the medication. These effects are often compounded when a patient is prescribed multiple medications to treat medical conditions, especially if they suffer from more than one. There are no dangerous side effects in chiropractic treatments. In fact, many patients find that while they go to a chiropractor to treat one health issue, they find that other issues that they may not have even told their chiropractor about also improve.
4. When a patient visits a medical doctor, that doctor usually focuses on just the part of the body that is exhibiting symptoms. A chiropractor in Dundalk, MD, however, hears the patient’s symptoms, but looks at the entire body when developing a treatment plan. The focus is on the spine because the nerves in the spine spread out through the entire body, like roots from a tree trunk. This means that all the areas where the “roots” spread can be affected, including areas where the organs are.
Thanks to Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic for their insight into chiropractic care and its benefits.