Beyond Bad Backs: What Chiropractic Is
and How It Can Help You
By Christopher Kent, D.C.
Many people have a misconception about chiropractic and the critical role it plays in
health and well-being. That misconception is that chiropractic care is limited to treating
back and neck pain. Although many people have experienced relief from back and neck
pain through chiropractic services, the foundation, intent, and vision of chiropractic is far
beyond simply helping to reduce symptoms.
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 2 styles of chiropractic practice. One type of chiropractor is what we
refer to as limited scope 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 of chiropractic doctor is a wellness chiropractor. This wellness
chiropractor focuses on your general health and well-being, and that of your family. The
objective of the wellness chiropractor is to work with you in maximizing your life
In his book "
The Wellness Revolution
" , economist Paul Zane Pilzer predicts that
wellness will become the next trillion-dollar industry. According to Pilzer, wellness is
"not about a fad or trend, it's about a new and infinite need infusing itself into the way we
eat, exercise, sleep, work, save, age, and almost every other aspect of our lives."
Pilzer succinctly articulates the difference between sick care and health care: "The
sickness business is reactive. Despite its enormous size, people become customers only
when they are stricken by and react to a specific condition or complaint.
business is proactive. People voluntarily become customers -- to feel healthier, to reduce
the effects of aging, and to avoid becoming customers of the sickness business. Everyone
wants to be a customer of this earlier-stage approach to health."
As the culture moves in a direction seeking behaviors that enhance well-being, there will