Argumentative Research Paper Final Draft
1 Dec. 2010
Chiropractic Work: The Safe Choice
“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” –Hippocrates, 460-377 BC. If a Greek physician could make this statement over 2300 years ago, why is it such an under-exposed theory today? As stated in Chiropractic First, written by Dr. Rondberg, a chiropractor of 35 years and founder of the “Chiropractic Journal,” Hippocrates “believed that only nature could heal and it was the physician’s duty to remove any obstruction that would prevent the body from healing” (8-9). These “physicians” are called chiropractors today, and their goal is to remove subluxations, the displacement of two or more spinal disks that causes
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In relation, Dr. McClung points out that workers’ compensation studies show that “injured works with the same specific diagnosis of low back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by medical physicians” (1). Therefore, chiropractors can help people recover from injuries quicker and prevent future injuries. Third, chiropractic work can correct joint spacing. For example, many people think of the chiropractor as merely “cracking” the back and neck. As Joshua Wurdemann, son of Dr. Pete Wurdemann and a student working on becoming a chiropractor, states in his paper titled Chiropractic Works!, “A chiropractor is thoroughly trained to adjust someone and only they should be adjusting you” (11). He goes on to say that there is much more to chiropractic than “popping” a patient’s back. For example, Dr. Wurdemann also fixes joint spacing in other places of the body, such as knees, ankles, wrists, which can reduce pain and help in areas such as arthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome (Wurdemann). In the end, it can be seen that chiropractic work can improve basic body functions.
Chiropractic work improves basic body functions, but it can also help prevent many diseases and sickness. First of all, a connection between the neurological system and disease and sickness must be proven. Rondberg tells the story of when, in 1950, a set of conjoined twins were born in Russia named Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova. Masha and Dasha’s mother was…