Health Care versus Pain Care

In the quest of health, chiropractors move bones in your spine to maximize function. When function is maximized and the body can express 100% of its internal intelligence, health is the result. Health is the expression of your body working correctly, reacting properly to outside stimulus, and adapting to the changes in its environment. This sounds very simple but the human body is the most complex biological unit on the earth.

Nervous System

At the core of our complexity is the central nervous system made up of the brain and spinal cord, the command and control center of the body. Surrounding the spinal cord is 24 vertebra that make up a majority of the spine. In the normal human spine there are 7 cervical vertebra & 6 cervical discs, 12 thoracic vertebra & disks, 5 lumbar vertebra & discs. This structure is meant to protect and facilitate mobility for the command and control of the body, so the nerves can control all functions in the body without interference.

Injured Spine

When a portion of this spine is injured, degeneration begins unless it’s corrected and strengthened. Misaligned vertebra with soft tissue injury follow a steady path of degeneration that eventually leads to unrelenting constant pain, but there are many warning signs that get ignored. Warning signs can be as little as occasional stiffness, intermittent pain, swelling, or twitches, to more aggressive things such as weakness, more frequent pain, dysfunction of the tissue that the nerve goes to, neuralgia, etc.. If you’re taking pain relievers to dull the PAIN, you’re turning off your warning system that the body has in place to tell you SOMETHING IS WRONG.

Pain Killers

How many times a week do you take a pain killer?  a month? a year? or many years? Would you ever consider putting a band aid on an unusually dark skin blemish to cover it up for a week? a month? a year? or many years? Covering something up doesn’t deal with the problem, it just kicks the can down the road to deal with it when it’s bigger and meaner.

Natural Healthcare

Through Chiropractic care you can help maintain a healthier spine and promote overall body health, because life begins with the nervous system and ends with the nervous system.


Spinal Meningitis – Lumbar Pain Injections

9 dead from contaminated injections

The side-effects of medicinal treatments for low back pain are not worth the risks or the costs. Failed back surgery syndrome sours the outcomes of invasive spinal operations. Most recently, reports have linked back pain-relieving steroid injections to cases of a rare, lethal meningitis. It could take up to a month to find out exactly how many people were sickened and died from the contaminated medication.

17,676 Vials of Fungal Contamination Delivered

22 States Affected (blue)

According to the Associated Press: an outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 91 people in seven states, including 9 who died, health officials warned.

All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment.

The type of meningitis involved is not contagious like the more common forms. This type is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold and which health officials suspect may have been in the steroid.

These lumbar epidural steroid injections were designed to combat back pain but have led to deaths.

Chiropractic Safer and More Effective

April 2011 – Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine


the Risks of Injections

This unfortunate example does not confound or undermine the entirety of the medical model, but it certainly shows the value of having a choice. Chiropractic care is a powerful form of both rehabilitative and preventative care that is greatly under-utilized. 

Chiropractors have long understood how regular adjustments can relieve back pain with almost no risk of further complications. Without drugs, injections or surgery, specific spinal correction has allowed us to help people get off the couch and back to work.

At Palmer Chiropractic, we focus on natural chiropractic care with out the use of drugs or surgery.  Chiropractors adjusts the spine to relieve nerve interference that restricts communication from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.  If you have been contemplating having an invasive procedure and would like to see is chiropractic care may be an avenue for you, Contact Palmer Chiropractic at 11400 Ford Ave in Richmond Hill, GA  31324 or call 912-756-3433.

Mainstream Healthcare – Chiropractic

What would my grandfather think of Chiropractic today?

Having started his chiropractic career in the 1950’s, he had to fight the good fight and let his patients’ results speak for themselves. He raised two sons that both became chiropractors and ventured into the medically dominated healthcare field in 1969 and 1973.

chiropractor Dr Sid Williams, Dr Fred Barge, & Rome Palmer at Dynamic Essentials in 1977

Dynamic Essentials – 1977

To give you an idea of the medical mind set in the 1960’s, 70’s, & 80’s,  the AMA decided to contain and eliminate chiropractic as a profession. In 1963 the AMA’s Committee on Quackery was formed. The committee worked aggressively — both overtly and covertly — to eliminate chiropractic. One of the principal means used by the AMA to achieve its goal was to make it unethical for medical physicians to professionally associate with chiropractors. Under Principle 3 of the AMA’s Principles of Medical Ethics, it was unethical for a physician to associate with an “unscientific practitioner,” and in 1966 the AMA’s House of Delegates passed a resolution calling chiropractic an unscientific cult. To complete the circle, in 1967 the AMA’s Judicial Council issued an opinion under Principle 3 holding that it was unethical for a physician to associate professionally with chiropractors.”  From the court briefings Wilks vs AMA. (That’s my mom in the lower left hand corner in 1976)

Now fast forward to 2012: How has Chiro (with hands) Practic (practice of) changed between my grandfather’s practice and mine. He did exams, so do I. He took x-rays of the spine to confirm misalignment and pathologies, so do I. He used a Zenith Hi-Lo table with a cast iron base, so do I. He adjusted patients’ vertebra with his hands, so do I. He wrote down his notes on every visit for continuity of care, so do I.  He saw patients from a few days old to 100 years old, so do I. He adjusted subluxations that caused nerve interference that inhibited the bodies natural process of being a self healing organism, so do I.

Do you see a trend? As a chiropractor that practices only chiropractic, not much has changed. The structure and function of vertebra, spine and  body has remained the same. We walk, talk, and breath just like we did in the 1960’s. Many of the same chiropractic techniques used in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s  are still in use by a majority of chiropractors today. So if the fundamentals of chiropractic have not changed, what has?

chiropractor most jailed herbert ross reaver

Dr Herbert Ross Reaver

The world around chiropractic has changed. Science, technology, statistics, and the free flow of information have helped people to understand what the results of regular chiropractic care are. Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver, the Galileo of chiropractic, practiced chiropractic from 1929 to 2000 and was jailed 12 times for his work in helping patients. If only Dr. Reaver had the internet, what could he have accomplished?

Today many national media outlets are telling some of the Chiropractic Story –

Diane Sawyer / ABC News  – Put down the pills for neck pain

Dr. Oz – How do chiropractors adjust vertebra and why

Dr. Phil – How chiropractic looks at the whole body, not just symptoms

I have to believe that Grampa would be excited about chiropracTIC.

ChiropracTIC is the science and art of finding and correcting vertebra that are misplaced and causing neurological dysfunction. By moving the vertebra back to its normal position and allowing the command and control system of the body (the nervous system) to function at optimum performance, your body is free to function as it should. Call today to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.

Yours in health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic, 11400 Ford Ave

Richmond Hill, Ga 31324


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