By: Dr.Catherine Kuiken, DC, Chiropractor
Most of us know that when you suffer from neck or back pain, the most common professional to seek out is usually a Chiropractor. But did you know about the many other possible benefits of Chiropractic? Doctor Catherine Kuiken’s healing philosophy states, “the power that made the body heals the body. Healing begins from above and within. Therefore, removal of interferences from the body’s natural healing source of the central nervous system is essential for healing and health maintenance.”
After several years of competing in gymnastics and starting her collection of concussions, Doctor Kuiken was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at the age of twelve. After being told by Medical Doctors that she would need to go through chemotherapy including steroids and that she would be lucky to live ten years, thankfully Dr Kuiken chose the holistic route of Chiropractic. The Chiropractor directed her to a complete lifestyle change involving clean eating, decreased stress, Naturopathic treatment, acupuncture as well as multiple adjustments each week. After just six months of allowing her body to heal, most of Dr Kuiken’s symptoms went away and her blood tests soon came back negative for the disease.
You are probably a little confused how Chiropractic allowed her body to heal from Lupus. Chiropractic is just for neck and back pain isn’t it? Chiropractors treat the whole body and are interested in addressing the source of the patient’s dysfunction instead of masking and treating symptoms. Chiropractors should be referred to as Nervous System Doctors because that is what they do; they remove interferences from the Nervous System. Chiropractic is the perfect form of treatment for Lupus if you really think about it. There are no drugs involved, which we all know can often cause further harm to the body. Chiropractic allows your Central Nervous System to work at full potential to function free from interference so our body can heal itself and stay disease-free.
Our entire body is controlled by our Central Nervous system. Our nerves are responsible for everything from ear function to being able to wiggle a toe. A subluxation is when one vertebra in your spine is misaligned from another one, either above or below it, and when this happens you now have pressure on that particular nerve, which then causes decreased function, pain, tingling, and more. There are three possible ways we can get subluxations and those are thoughts, traumas, and toxins. Thoughts consist of things like stress, negativity, or anger. Traumas can range from anything including a major car wreck to even sleeping improperly. And finally, toxins include things as bad as drug or alcohol use or even consuming unhealthy food or inhaling toxins in the air that we breathe. So, no matter how we get these subluxations, the longer they are there, the more severe the problems will become. Chiropractors are trained to detect and gently correct these subluxations in your spine.
A lot of people say, “Oh I don’t want to go to a Chiropractor because when you go once, you have to continue going for the rest of your life.” Well it has taken years for your vertebrae to become subluxated, so how do you think they can be put back into place in just one treatment? By the same token, when you get braces put on your teeth, do they move the very next day? No, it takes months and even years to get them the way they should be. The same goes for maintenance of your spine. In order to take responsibility of your health and prevent future illness, regular Chiropractic checkups are necessary just as brushing your teeth are necessary for good oral health. Do you brush your teeth to keep them clean and healthy or do you brush them only when they hurt? So why would you go to a Chiropractor just when your back hurts?
No, Chiropractors do not “cure” anything. Imagine a garden hose with a kink in it. A Chiropractor simply comes along and removes that kink on your nerves. Chiropractic is not always the only answer, but wouldn’t you want to try a more conservative approach first before damaging your body further with treatment that results in other harmful side effects?
Dr.Catherine Kuiken, DC can be reached at:
The Joint Chiropractic
6761 N MacArthur Blvd #100, Irving, TX 75039