Has anyone ever asked you to explain chiropractic? Have you been in a situation where you are explaining chiropractic to someone but it seems like you are going in circles? Have you ever wished there was an easy way to explain chiropractic to a non-chiropractor and have it make sense and have impact?
I have a challenge for you; explain chiropractic in the following manner. There is only one no-no when using this explanation. You may not use the words Health, Wellness or discuss any kind of Symptom. There you have it. Here goes. Try this explanation.
Before you begin explaining chiropractic you need to find out a few things from the person you are talking to. Find out what they do, what are their interests, their hobbies, do they have a family, find out what drives them. Then speak to them in terms of performance and function. Then as you are talking about how subluxation lowers performance and function tie it in with these topics.
For example let’s say this person loves to fish. You explain that if they are subluxated they have nerve interference which can cause foggy thinking, your metabolism can slow down, you are not as sharp, hand eye coordination isn’t quite as good as it could be. How they will have diminished ability to feel in the fingers on the line the difference between a fish, weeds or rocks, ever so slight as it may be. They are not performing optimally with subluxation present.
You can use hand eye coordination for lots of brain-body activities. How about when you come home from work and you get to spend some quality time with your family. Do you want to be subluxated or not? Be creative. Show how having a nerve system working less than perfect negatively impacts their daily activities. Then of course explain how much better life can be having a properly functioning nerve system. Integrate these facts into the body of the following explanation.
So you want to know what chiropractic is all about. You have a brain located within your skull which extends through a large opening in the base of the skull traveling down through your backbone which is called your spinal cord. This spinal cord has 32 pair of nerves that branch off and pass between the vertebrae of your spine. These nerves travel to all parts of the body. As a matter of fact if you were to strip away everything from your body except for the nerve system we would still be able to recognize each other. You would see the curves of the body, the wrinkles in your skin as well as your tongue, eyelids, finger nails, fingers and toes. You have a lot of nerves in your body.
Do you understand what the nerve system is? Could you explain to me what its function is? (Here you wait for their answer and you gauge how well they understand neurophysiology. You then reinforce their answer or expound upon it so they understand: It is the brain and nerve system that controls, coordinates and runs the body. Once they grasp this concept you continue.)
Given the brain and nerve system runs all parts of the body it is important there is no interference of this brain-body communication system. The most common interference to the nerve system comes from subluxation. Subluxation is a minor misalignment of the bones of the spine which can sometimes pinch nerves but more commonly subluxation interferes with nerve transmissions from the brain to the body and back to the brain again. When there is interference between your brain and body, your performance suffers. Your body is unable to function as well as it could without nerve interference.
Chiropractors help insure an individual lives their life as free from nerve interference as possible. Chiropractors detect and correct vertebral subluxations. By doing this we are removing interference from your nerve system helping to insure that your brain is able to communicate with all parts of the body resulting in improved function and performance on every level.
Throughout your life you continue to do things that can and will cause you to subluxate. The majority of the time your body corrects these subluxations all by itself. However, sometimes the subluxations are not able to be self corrected by the body and that’s where the chiropractor comes into play. If you want your body to perform and function to the best of its ability and make the best use of all the good things you do for your body, as much as possible you must keep your nerve system functioning free from interference.
This is why you need to see your chiropractor regularly throughout a lifetime. Everyone can benefit from living life free from nerve interference. Not only should you get checked regularly but so should your spouse your brothers &, sisters, your kids, your parents, your friends…you get the idea.
I wouldn’t have you do anything I wouldn’t and I get checked for subluxation every week. Let’s say we start getting you and your family checked out.
There you have it. You have just explained the essence of chiropractic and we never discussed symptoms, health or wellness. We just explained that your life will be better off when you live life free from nerve interference caused by subluxation.
Inevitably a person will then ask you well that all sounds great but what about my (and they name a condition). They ask you about their symptoms.
Your answer is: “When we remove nerve interference your body will function and perform better on every level, good things happen. This may or may not help your condition; however lots of people have been helped with many different conditions once getting under chiropractic care. Knowing what you now know that makes sense doesn’t it? Whether or not this will help, is yet to be determined. First we need to see if you are subluxated and then correct them and see what happens. Let’s see what happens to you?”
Give this a try the next time you are explaining chiropractic to someone. You will find out it is very easy to do and quite effective.