The truth is…
Some health complaints can be treated directly, like broken bones or bacterial infections, and this type of treatment is generally very successful.
However, that’s not why most patients come in to see us. Most people who come to us are suffering from conditions that have been difficult to treat – and that means something has been missed.
Ironically, treatment focused on a specific condition, disease or symptom often causes us to miss something.
We need to look at the whole person.
The cast doesn’t actually heal the fractured bone, does it? The same way stitches don’t heal the incision. They just make it easier for the body to heal itself. Even antibiotics won’t heal an infection without a functional immune system. Casts and stitches and antibiotics help to remove impediments to the natural healing processes of the body – the whole body – and to create the conditions that support a speedy recovery.
What else can impede the body’s healing?
This is the most important question to ask if you’re suffering from any chronic or difficult to treat condition, whether it’s headaches, digestive complaints or musculoskeletal pain from an injury.
In our experience, loss of motion in a particular part of the body (in a joint or even in an organ) can slow or block the body’s natural healing ability.
The location of the pain is often not the location of the problem.
The body is designed to work as a whole system. If anything in the body cannot move, then everything connected to that structure will also have impaired movement and function.
Everything in the body is connected, so something like a restricted liver can lead to symptoms as varied as varicose veins, sciatica, headaches and joint pain.
To successfully resolve these issues, we need to not treat the symptom, but rather search for and treat the actual the cause.