NZer1 wrote:I have been wondering if there is any cross over with specialists such as Osteopaths. Here in NZ there is all sorts of resistance to what was once thought alternative medicine such as acupuncture which now is widely used. Is there any other 'specialty ' that does the same work as yourselves? Particularly meaning with the same knowledge and techniques.
NZer1 wrote:Thanks shye, I was meaning if there was an equivalent to a Chiropractor who is as skilled and knowledgeable as the two we have here. I take it that there are various 'accepted' trained people and the label/title can be better accepted by some in the medical world and insurance realm.
Probably not making sense here.
Sorry it's taken me a while to respond. I'm moving in to a new office which has kept me very busy as of late. To answer your question, there really isn't any crossover as no other profession does what Upper Cervical Chiropractors do. While some people may think that Chiropractors and Osteopaths do similar jobs we are very different. Chiropractors stand firm on the fact that a properly aligned spine is essential to having a healthy functioning nervous system and that it plays an important role in creating a healthy body and mind. Upper Cervical Chiropractors place an emphasis on the Atlas and Axis due to their location and the direct impact they can have on the brainstem if they are subluxated (misaligned)
Besides pressure being put on the nerves due to an improperly aligned spine it also changes the fluid dynamics surrounding the spinal cord and the brain commonly referred to, in chiropractic, as the CSF Pump or Cranial-Sacral Pump. The idea behind adjusting the Atlas or Axis is to realign the spine so as to remove pressure from the nerves which allows them to heal as well as helping to restore the proper function and flow of the CSF Pump. As the healing begins, proper nerve transmission is restored allowing better communication from the brain to and from the rest of the body.
Most Osteopaths, and for that matter most Medical Doctors, don't generally share the same idea as Chiropractors in regards to how the body, as a whole, communicates within itself. They don't really consider the fact that pressure placed on nerves can interfere with the information being sent and received along those nerves. They do, but only so far as numbness, tingling & pain is concerned (which is some of the most basic sensory information) but not so much for over all body internal communication.