Guest Post By Keith Hassinger: Chiropractic Care As Preventative Medicine

August 30, 2012 in Categories: by

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Lately, I have been very interested in alternative therapies to aid in diagnosis and provide strategies to promote healing.  This is not my area of expertise, so I sought out some great professionals to answer my questions to relay this information to you! 

 Allow me to introduce Dr. Keith Hassinger, a 4th generation Chiropractor based out of Parma, Ohio.  He has postdoctoral training in the interaction of lifestyle and genetics and is a Certified Chiropractic Wellness and Lifestyle Practitioner (C.C.W.P) through the International Chiropractic Association.  He can be reached by email at hassingerdc@hotmail.com.  You can also reach him on his Clinic’s Facebook Page and on Twitter.  Dr. Keith gives weekly advice through his video blog “60 Seconds to Life” available on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.  This is the first in a two-part guest post series on the benefits of chiropractic care.

“I don’t have back pain. Why should I see a Chiropractor?”  This is one of the most common answers I hear when I ask people, “Who is your Chiropractor?”  What you need to understand is, that is like saying, “I am not obese, I do not need to follow a Paleo Diet.”  The Paleo Diet is not for weight loss; it is to provide your body with what it needs from a dietary standpoint.  Chiropractic is not about lessening pain or making your back feel more comfortable, it is about optimal function. 

First, let’s take a step back.  What system is in charge of coordinating how you function?  Your central nervous system (CNS).  Your CNS consists of your brain and spine (which is just an extension of your brain).  Chiropractors check to see how this is functioning, not for the purpose of pain relieving, but so you can live the most amazing life possible!  When your spine is functioning properly, the communication between your brain and body can be optimal.  If this is not the case, then this can never occur. 

Chiropractic is based on the fact that our bodies can heal itself.  This is considered a vitalistic philosophy.  The most important point I try to get across to people is that they are AMAZING.  You have the ability to overcome any challenge you may be facing such as simple pains, to autoimmune diseases and cancers. We all know someone who has overcome these issues and you have the ability to be that person! You have this ability because you are meant to be healthy.  We should be healthy our whole lives.  No matter if we are 10, 20, or 80 years old.  Why should we be healthy?  Because our genes are programmed for health.  Maybe you have been told that whatever diagnosis you have been given is because it’s genetic.  If you have been told this, it is most likely false.  Sure, there are a few genetic diseases, like Down’s Syndrome, but cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, etc are 100% lifestyle related! When I say lifestyle, I am referring to brain-body connection, eating, moving, and thinking.  We have control over all of these. 

We cannot change our genes, but we can change the way they are expressed. If we change our lifestyle habits, we can change the way our genes are expressed. If we have a positive thought versus a negative thought, we express different epigenetics.  When we eat grain versus vegetables, we express different epigenetics.  When our spine is functioning optimally versus when it is not, we express different epigenetics.  Changes in epigenetic expression will result in different physiology being expressed.  The physiology is always appropriate given the environment at that specific time.  During a hard Crossfit WOD, my heart rate is going to be much higher than while writing this article.  That’s not a mistake, that’s required.  If you have a higher resting heart rate than most people, it’s because your body requires that.  That doesn’t mean that you need to take drugs to lower it.  You should do what is required for your body in all areas of life.  This will give you the heart rate that you need. 

Chiropractors look for what we call Subluxation.  Essentially it is less than optimal function of the spine.  Sometimes there is pain associated, sometimes there is not.  Either way there is compromise in function.  Chiropractors use what are called Adjustments to improve the function of the nervous system.  There are many different techniques that all provide amazing outcomes.  Adjustments can be performed by the Chiropractors hands or by different instruments.  No matter the technique, the purpose is to improve the brain-body connection.

This is why Chiropractors see all kinds of miracles ranging from pains, migraines, ADD/ADHD, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, fatigue, poor mobility, dietary concerns, emotional problems, bed wetting, colic, allergies, addictions, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, postural issues, etc.  Remember, I am not saying the Chiropractor is treating these symptoms, Chiropractors simply allow optimal function of your brain-body connection.  This how I look at the Paleo diet as well.  Not a treatment, but providing the body the nutrients it needs, opposed to giving toxicity from foods a human should not be eating..…More to come in part 2!

Comments

I take my kids in at least twice per year for “preventive maintenance”, as I like to call it. They are always getting banged up playing sports, fighting with each other (lol) and doing crazy things with bikes/toys. Can’t hurt. My husband and I go as well.

This is an interesting post, given Sarah’s self-identification as a scientist. There is no harm in asking a chiropractor to post his philosophy, of course. Though my one small concern would be that this appears to be a tacit endorsement of chiropractic. Do you (Sarah) intend to endorse chiropractic fully? Are there qualifications?

Chiropractic is a field that, unfortunately, is infested with anti-scientific quackery. Certainly not all chiropractors are quacks, and many do provide sound scientifically-based care. But each one must be approached with significant skepticism, to weed out the bad from the good.

Here is a starting point for those who are interested: an article by a retired chiropractor who gives some tips on good chiropractic care, including a short “starter” bibliography:

http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/chiroeval.html

This is a very astute comment. No, I do not unreservedly endorse all chiropractic care. Nor do I unreservedly endorse all medical care. I believe that there is a large variability in the quality of individual chiropractors (as is true with physicians, naturopaths, acupuncturists, physical therapists, etc.) and that care must be taken in selecting on. I also would not vilify an entire profession because of an incompetent minority (although it is important to mention that this incompetent minority has great capacity for causing harm).

The second post in this series is designed to present chiropractic care as a valid option for those who are struggling to manage autoimmune disease. This post presents Dr. Keith’s philosophy on chiropractic care.

I think the link you posted in an EXCELLENT resource for anyone embarking on the search for a chiropractor. I should also add that I do not see a chiropractor and do not currently intend on seeking out chiropractic care. That being said, many people find great improvement in their conditions with chiropractic care.

[…]  Allow me to introduce Dr. Keith Hassinger, a 4th generation Chiropractor based out of Parma, Ohio.  He has postdoctoral training in the interaction of lifestyle and genetics and is a Certified Chiropractic Wellness and Lifestyle Practitioner (C.C.W.P) through the International Chiropractic Association.  He can be reached by email at hassingerdc@hotmail.com.  You can also reach him on his Clinic’s Facebook Page and on Twitter.  Dr. Keith gives weekly advice through his video blog “60 Seconds to Life” available on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.  This is the second in a two-part series on the benefits of chiropractic care (see part 1 here). […]

I too find it odd, that so many folks in the Paleosphere – which is fairly unique in its science-based anti-quackery approach – embrace chiropractic without a second thought.

Is it because chiros seem to be the biggest supporters of Paleo in the medical (or psuedo-medical) world?

Is this why our science-headed leaders – Wolf, Sisson, Cordain et al – seem to refuse to refute this (mostly) sham field with the same passion that they apply to shooting down the FDA, big agra and wrong-footed NGOs in the heart-health, diabetes and cancer fields?

I know a few chiros, and they’re all lovely folk. They’re duped and misguided, but caring lovely folk all the same. My brother in law was one but got out when he realised how dangerous it was – and how bizarre the extreme elements of Chiropractic can be. I went to a very well regarded one in the ’90s for neck issues. I now have a constantly clicking jaw and tinnitus as a result. The ‘good’ ones stick to back issues, but a decent physio is always a better bet.

I can’t wait for Robb Wolf to put his foot to the neck of this ‘industry’ (which it is. A repeat business business model, nothing more) as he’s so done to other idiotic notions out there.

Finally someone calling it as it is. It undermines her whole websites credibility when she gives a platform for this woo. This throws up a huge red flag for me personally. If she can endorse this painfully obvious pseudo-science what else is more subtle is lurking?

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