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There is a value in this, just as there is a value in wellness or maintenance care. Releasing a patient after their pain is gone will save the patient money. It will also please the patient's health insurer - not that yourinsurer's happiness should ever be a factor in making health decisions, but unfortunately they hold powerover your health in some very important ways so there is a value in not ending up in anyone's crosshair atyour insurer's corporate headquarters. Rather than promote continuing care, a mechanistic chiropractor willwork to correct the immediate problem only. Many times back pain may stem from a weak ankle or knee,so your chiropractor may very well focus on a spot that isn't painful, so do not assume the location of yourpain is the cause of your pain.
A fundamental difference between holistic and mechanistic chiropractors is that the holistic chiropractor will treat the patient beyond the scientific limitations a more mechanistic chiropractor would self-impose.
This actually ties #1 and #2 together. For example, a mechanistic chiropractor may treat low back pain by working to rehabilitate a sacroiliac joint and then release the client when the sacroiliac joint returns tonormal, pain-free function. A holistic chiropractor will treat the client until subluxations (spinalmisalignments causing nerve irritation) are fully resolved and then broaden their attention to includegeneral subluxation correction in the entire spine in order to promote general wellness.
Both approacheshave real value. While imposing limits on treatment based on the limits of what peer-reviewed research cansubstantiate is important, holistic chiropractors acknowledge that progress in science occurs by pushing thelimits of understanding and treating patients in ways that current best evidence may not fully support.Theperiphery of science is where progress is usually made - though it is also where quackery finds refuge.
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