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Health Magazine Does Feature on Chiropractic

Appearing inside the August 9, 2006 publication of "The Southern Health Magazine" is an overview article on chiropractic. This article by Southern Health Contributor Joanna Gray was written for an audience in southern Illinois and presents a summary of chiropractic. The main focus of this article is toward individuals who have not experienced chiropractic before and gives a peek at chiropractic for the beginner. This article begins of by noting that common traumas to the spine can cause damage which could then create misalignment's and thus affect the nervous system. The writer further explains that chiropractic is founded on the philosophy that the body is a self-healing organism, and that spinal adjustments are the primary mode of care.

This article quotes an Illinois chiropractor, Dr. Steven Barrett, who explained, "The joints within the spine are meant to move in a specific way. If they are moving properly, then we're pretty confident that the nervous system is, too. However, if the joints aren't working properly, they may begin to degenerate and ultimately the individual will have disc problems. At the same time that puts pressure on the nervous system." Dr. Barrett further explains that each cell in the human body, including all organs and tissues are controlled and coordinated through your nervous system. Thus if pressure on nerves from misaligned spinal bones, referred to as "subluxations", occurs, then the area of the body which is being controlled by those nerves will not likely function properly. He states, "Chiropractic promotes removing pressure from the nerve so that it is able to function more normally." This article also discussed chiropractic care for kids and infants. It was noted that colic is a problem that chiropractors have seen relieved with babies under chiropractic. Dr. Brian Bird, another Illinois chiropractor also interviewed for the article described the process of chiropractic for infants, "Chiropractic for babies is the same as for adults, though with less force." He further continued to describe how chiropractic may help babies with colic as he referred to an earlier scientific study by saying, "(In the study) nerve interference expressed itself as colic. But once the interference was freed up, the incidences of colic stopped or were signigicantly reduced. There is a much greater understanding today of how chiropractic works in several other areas than only back pain or whiplash."

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