A message from the chiropractor, Dr. Michael Corry
I would like to take this opportunity to express my belief system regarding Chiropractic Care and the use of prescription drugs. Lately I have encountered an onslaught of negative remarks from individuals and some professionals who disregard Chiropractic Manipulation as not necessary or not effective. I have been practicing Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture for the past thirty years and have enabled thousands of my patients to regain their health through gentle Chiropractic care. The doubters and negative naysayer don't understand Chiropractic and want you to believe in the pill and surgical doctrine.
Television shows reveal medical physicians as hero's and by watching these shows we tend to idolize these physicians who are actors. I'm not saying that medical physicians are not to be respected, they should be, but their philosophy regarding back pain is to take pills, epidural injections or spinal surgery. Think about it, there is a pill for everything, have a pain-take a pill, have a cold-take a pill, lack of libido-take a pill, depressed-take a pill and so on. The truth is your body is the most remarkable pharmacy ever created and it knows what it needs and how to produce it. When you take prescription drugs you alter your own bodies' chemical laboratory and cause the shut down of your own production of that type of drug you are taking, hence addiction occurs. Not to mention the side effects from these prescription drugs which alter other cellular processes. Pain is a necessary alert system to make you aware of a problem that needs your attention. Most medical physician's treatment for back pain is to take three types of pills, an anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxer and a pain pill. Most pain medication can be addictive and very difficult to stop.
You see there are billions of dollars in revenue for the pharmaceutical companies and physicians who prescribe these medications. Did you know that 80 percent of all pain medication taken in the world today is taken by the United States? In the United States over 7 million people nationwide have admitted to misusing prescription pain killers. There has been an insurgence of Pain Clinics opening in our State of Florida. In fact the government is now recognizing this problem and has set new standards for the prevention of non-ethical physicians and non physicians from owning and opening new clinics.
The key to back pain is to touch what hurts by addressing the disfunctional level with gentle massage, physical therapy and most importantly Chiropractic Mobilization to insure proper function. I want you to understand what happens when your spine has a problem and pain ensues. There are three types of mechanoreceptors in every facet joint in your spine ( Type1, Type2 and Type3). These mechanoreceptors are very important and continually have neural input to the central nervous system. They provide muscular reflexes when injury occurs for the prevention of joint instability and proprioception (the ability for your spine to know its position). Each vertebra has 2 facet joints above and 2 below. There are 7 vertebra in your neck, 12 in your mid back and 5 in your lower spine. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves exiting from your spine controlling and coordinating everything in your body. These spinal nerves exit just in front your spinal facet joint.
Chiropractic adjustments move your facet joints (popping sound) and reset the mechanoreceptors known to cause muscle guarding (protective response) from firing, causing a discontinuance of there signal and eliminating the muscle reflex. This is only done by the restoration of the facet joints range of motion. This however takes time since Chiropractic is a holistic approach ( no med's) and is not always immediate, since it relies on you own body to heal itself physiologically. Cells of facet joints (capsules) are ligamentus in nature and are slow to heal due to the lack of blood supply. Muscle and bone cells are faster healers because they are highly vascularized unlike ligaments and capsules covering joints. Nerves are extremely slow to heal. This is why Chiropractic Care takes time. We are a "McQuick Generation" regarding time.
We want pain relief now and don't want ot suffer for any reason. Muscle injury takes 3 weeks to heal, while bone takes 6 weeks and ligaments and joint capsules can take 9 to 12 weeks. There are 3 phases of healing, Destructive Phase(acute 0 to 3 days), Repair Phase (subacute-3 days to 3 weeks) and Remodeling Phase (chronic 3 weeks to a year). These phases are important for proper healing to occur. We must realize that suppressing these phases can only result in inadequate healing of the injury by the long term use of prescription anti-inflamatorys'. Worse yet the use of prescription pain killers like Oxycondone, Oxycontin, Hydromorphone, Dilaudid and Roxycodone when mixed with other drugs or alcohol can cause death.
I believe we are heading down a slippery slope of addiction when we take prescription pain medications so routinely for back pain. Not to mention the risk of further injury to your spine due to the fact you do not feel as much pain.