Benefits of chiropractic care
It helps prevent and treat the flu – with remarkable success rates!
The many benefits of chiropractic care include flu prevention and flu treatment.
I met a young chiropractic doctor recently and he was sharing his personal story about why he chose to become a chiropractic doctor. He was a national athlete during his college days and all the intensive training was taking a toll on his health. He sought chiropractic care and found that it helped him to pursue the lifestyle that he chose – that of an active sportsman. He added that ever since he started receiving chiropractic care, he had the flu only twice in the past 10 years.
This may seem surprising to those who think of the benefits of chiropractic care merely in terms of pain relief, such as relief from back aches and frozen shoulders. But to those familiar with chiropractic philosophy, as well as the history of chiropractic, it is not surprising at all.
A basic tenet of chiropractic philosophy is that the structure of the body governs its function. In other words, by improving the alignment of the body structure, the various organs and body systems will function more effectively. Thus, the benefits of chiropractic care extend beyond just providing pain relief. Chiropractic care improves overall health and well-being and can be helpful in treating a wide range of ailments – including the flu.
History of chiropractic
A look into the history of chiropractic reveals more about the wide-ranging benefits of chiropractic care. Chiropractic medicine was founded by Daniel David Palmer who, in 1895, restored the hearing of a man who had been deaf for 17 years. He did this by adjusting the man’s spine to correct a dislocation.
Shortly after, D D Palmer improved the condition of a patient suffering from heart disease again by adjusting a spinal dislocation, which, Palmer believed, exerted pressure on the nerves leading to the heart.
These two experiences culminated Palmer’s search for the single underlying cause of disease and led him to establish chiropractic medicine, a system of healthcare that focuses on how the structure of the body (primarily that of the spine) affects the body’s function and its state of health and disease.
An important turning point for chiropractic medicine came in 1918, with the outbreak of the Spanish flu. And that was when the benefits of chiropractic care made a deep and lasting impression. Chiropractic doctors had such high success rates in treating the Spanish flu that the profession gained recognition and popularity.
Benefits of chiropractic care in flu treatment
In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors cared for 4,953 cases of the Spanish flu, and 274 of their patients died. In the same city, 150 chiropractic doctors, including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 1,635 Spanish Flu patients. Only ONE patient died.
Outside Davenport, chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 Spanish Flu sufferers with only six deaths. In Oklahoma, out of 3,490 flu patients receiving the benefits of chiropractic care, only seven people died.
National figures for the United States show that 1,142 chiropractic doctors treated a total of 46,394 flu patients during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, with a mortality rate of only 54 patients – one out of every 859, or less than 0.12 percent.
In sharp contrast, the mortality rate from Spanish flu in regular US hospitals generally ranged from 30 to 40 percent. For one hospital in New York, the mortality rate was 68 percent!
The benefits of chiropractic care in flu treatment are one of the many medical puzzles that cannot be explained by the germ theory of disease. Unlike regular, drug-based medicine, chiropractic care does not directly destroy the virus or bacteria that are supposed to cause disease. Instead, it simply improves the way the body functions. When that happens, viruses and bacteria are automatically taken care of.