Since The beginning of time there has been disease and various ways to relieve it. It seems that every culture developed its own mythology of how disease occurred and an accompanying mythology of how treatment modalities word work. What is even more impressive is that most, if not all, these methods report multiple successes and few failures at treatment. Evidence coming from quantum physics and the Chinese government attempt to explain how acupuncture works came up with the common denominator that intention seems to be at the base of all healing and that there is the physician's belief that his / her healing modality will help the patient. Then there is the belief by the patient or caretaker of the patient that a healing will occur and that the life force itself gets turned on to all the healing to occur. Basically, it works because we think it works.
All of this theory is well and good when it comes to healing which is obviously needed when things go wrong — but what about medical modalities aimed at keeping things going right? Here again the ancients have known through yoga that youth and a youthful feeling is linked to a flexible and healthy spine. Chiropractors have long known that health is maintained and regained by adjusting spinal subluxations: those kinks and deviations in the spine that put un-nature pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots as they leave the spine.
Neurology has demonstrated very specific maps of the spinal cord and the areas of the skeletal and autonomic nervous system that are innervated by these areas. It is by using these very same maps that chiropractors can predict a person with loss of the normal s-curve of the neck is a heart attack waiting to happen. Pressure on the spinal cord segments that correspond to the heart center have been linked to heart disease.
I believe that the future of modern Western medicine is to integrate multiple modalities in the management of medical cases, both for sickness and health with emphasis on prevention. This type of practice is common in China: a person comes in and is "seen" by a panel of physicians, herbalists, nutritionists, exercise physicians, etc. and a general recommendation is tailored for that patient. We have adopted a similar approach in our animal hospital for our furry patients.
A client's pet is evaluated from a traditional allopathic Western view, then from an alternative Eastern / acupuncture and a chiropractic view. In addition we consult with experts in the veterinary and human field to provide state-of-the-modern-and ancient art care. Special thanks is given to Dr. Marc Ott of Max Life Chiropractic Center of Oviedo, Florida, who serves as our mentor in chiropractic and takes time to consult on preventative chiropractic manipulations and the treatment of subluxations for our human and animal friends. With integrative multiple disciplinary veterinary medicine on the rise, I can only expect that one day, too, humans may receive as comprehensive and compassionate care as our animal friends. I can't wait for the current human healthcare system to approach the level of preventative medicine seen in the alternative veterinary field. If you are a human allopathic physician reading this and I happen to come in to your ER, please treat me like a dog.