Is it Really Medicine vs. Chiropractic?

     I have this conversation about a dozen times a year, whether it be with someone in the community, friends and new patients.  First let me begin by saying – this is NOT a ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ article.  I believe that all doctors (MD, DO, DC, NPM, DPT, etc.) should ALWAYS work together for what is in the best interest of the patient – period!  Our approach as Doctors of Chiropractic is more natural in nature (no pun intended).  Modern medical treatments do save lives and is necessary in our modern society, but unfortunately many have become dependant on treating all ailments with drugs, no matter how small the issue is.  We as holistic doctors believe that the body was created to heal on its own and that a natural approach (proper nutrition, fitness, mindset and Chiropractic adjustments) keep the body in optimal functioning and reducing the need of excess drugs and surgery.

I do feel though, that there is a lack of understanding on what Chiropractic and an Alternative lifestyle provides, especially considering we are brought up indoctrinated in this modern medical society.  In addition, once there is a clear understanding of what chiropractic does for human health, people see clearly how chiropractic is not in competition with what medicine does.

Medicine is the best health care system we have for crisis care.  It has prided itself on the fact that people with health crises live longer than they have in the past.  This is clearly a significant development in health care today.

Medicine takes most of its criticism over the issue of long-term health care, especially long-term drug use.  It has been shown repeatedly in the last decade through various research reports that long-term health care belongs more in the realm of natural methods.  An increasing number of medical professionals are saying that there is a need to move away from drugs for long-term health and to move to methods that are more natural.  Organizations like the World Health Organization, The United Nations, and local governments say openly that the wave of health care in the future is dealing with health care methods that build a stronger body. They suggest a move away from the current focus on crises health care.

If medical doctors of the future are better educated about the successes of natural methods of Chiropractic, it will take away this conflict of Chiropractic versus Medicine.   If someone’s health has failed and they experience a heart attack, I am very glad that we have a system of paramedics and medical doctors to keep that person alive.   However, if someone is involved with natural methods of healthcare they have a dramatic decrease in the risk of having a heart attack in the first place. They would also experience a decreased risk of many other health crises.  As a result, people who use natural health methods have a stronger, healthier body and a higher quality of life throughout those earlier years as well.

Chiropractic prides itself on the fact that proactive care leads to healthier people.  These people experience a decrease in many different diseases and health problems as life progresses.

Chiropractic is based on the premise that we all have a brain and nervous system that holds all the information needed to have a perfectly healthy body.  Health problems exist because there are blockages in how this information is allowed to get to the body for it to heal itself.  Chiropractic care is based on the idea that we look for the blockages to how our nervous system is supposed to communicate with our bodies and remove these blockages.

As Dr. Deepak Chopra has said: “All we need to do to have perfect health is to remove the interferences to how our body is supposed to work.  We do not need to add unnatural substances.”

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (

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