The common perception of most people for a chiropractor is that they think I’m a “back doctor.” When you really understand how chiropractic works, you see that it has a holistic effect on the entire body.
Now a chiropractor’s job (quite simply) is to detect and remove something called a vestibule subluxation. A mouth full of words which really means that the bones of the spine get misaligned and will start to pinch or irritate the nerves that exit from in between the spinal bones. When you have that pinching or irritation, it chokes off the nerve flow energy and stops messages from communicating from the brain to the rest of the body and information from the rest of the body going up to the brain.
How do I help my patients avoid sickness?
Now I can’t adjust someone specifically to avoid the flu. There’s no specific adjustment to avoid a bacterial infection or to avoid pneumonia or to avoid this condition or that condition.
Chiropractic is general or holistic by affecting the nerve system. Understand that your nerve system controls your immune system. It also controls your heart, lungs, kidney and spleen and everything else that goes on in your body. The nerve system is the master controller of that.
They did actual experiments where they took lab animals and they used a laser scalpel and severed the neuro control to the immune system tissues. When they injected these lab animals with a pathogen, something that should cause an immune response, they saw that there was none when they eliminated the nerve system control over the immune system.
So that is a huge piece of research establishing the link between a healthy nerve system and a healthy immune system. The stronger your immune system is, the less likely you’re going to get sick. The stronger the connection of your nerve system to the immune system, the stronger that immune system is.
So understanding that principle that the nerve system is the master system controlling and coordinating every other function in your body, it would just make sense to understand that the better your nerve system works, the better your immune system works.
That’s how you avoid sickness. Every day your body is replacing damaged cells with healthy new ones. Every day you’re making white blood cells to go and attack some foreign invading bacteria or virus. Every day there are cancer cells in your body but your nerve system alerts your immune system that they are cancer cells being formed in sector eight and your immune system cells go to sector eight and go sequester and kill those cancer cells.
That’s how the body works; it’s the immune system that fights off disease. It’s not anything that you get from the doctor. It’s not coming from a medication or a pill or a potion or any of those things.
Health comes from the inside out and if you really want to achieve true wellness, you’ve got to make sure that your nerve system is working properly.
Function of a Chiropractor
The proper function of a chiropractor is to detect and remove subluxations or misalignments that interfere with nerve system communication to the rest of the body.
Now I know that’s a very heavy topic. A lot of people don’t fully appreciate that because again they think that a chiropractor is a back doctor and that’s all they do. But, we use the spine as our avenue of approach to effect the spinal alignment, to improve nerve system and immune system function. That’s how chiropractic works to help avoid sickness.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.