Chiropractic has risen from obscurity to becoming the most popular "alternative" health care profession after traditional medicine.
This unparallelled success can only be attributed to one thing: RESULTS!
Chiropractic care has proven to be immensely effective for a variety of ailments, ranging from headaches to sciatica.
While it has become accepted to state that we "treat" headaches or low back pain, it is really not the symptoms "headache" or "low back pain" we treat, rather we analyze the spine to uncover a functional problems ("intervertebral dysfunctions") that we know have a high likelihood of being the cause of that symptom.
For most medical practitioners and people in general, it is no longer controversial for chiropractors to treat pain syndromes that have been proven to be directly related to the spine. However, discussions get heated when the topic centers around other symptoms that are less clearly linked to the spine: It is relatively easy to understand how problems in the spine can irritate the sciatic nerve and lead to pain the leg. It is quite another to try to map out how a problem in the thoracic spine might lead someone to have asthma, for example.
Symptoms such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, recurrent ear infections, etc, have many different causes (etiologies), some of which have absolutely nothing to do with the spine and are unlikely to respond to chiropractic care. However, in our experience, some of these kinds of symptoms actually have arisen from a problems in the spine and will respond extremely well to our care. So how do you know whether a problem of this kind will respond well to chiropractic care? The frustrating answer is that you don't. Within the more esoteric problems we don't yet have research mapping out identifiers to which cases will respond well and which won't. We can only look for dysfunctions in the relevanat areas of the spine, screen for indicators against starting care, and start a short clinical trial if we see enough clinical reasons to do so and if the patient wishes to start care. Many people have with these types of problems have suffered for years, looked everywhere and tried multiple solutions without getting any relief. While this is frustrating, they hav effectively weeding out the other possible solutions on their own. Once every other solution has failed, the likelihood of succes with chiropractic care is that much higher.
We could, of course, have chosen to look at the current lack of scientific evidence of treatment for some diagnoses, the lack of understanding and ridicule from some within the most conservative parts of the medical community, consider the risc of failure and decide that it is easier not offer help to solve these kinds of problems and let the patient continue to suffer.
We're just not that kind of office. We are here to serve our patients, not to please everyone else.