Up the Brain: Amazing Adjustments
Chiropractic Neurologist Ted Carrick, DC, PhD.
21 years, Dr. Ted Carrick has had a specialty practice in the diagnosis
and treatment of neurological disorders. He is Professor Emeritus of
Neurology, Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas and Distinguished
PostGraduate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Logan College of Chiropractic,
in Chesterfield, MO, and attends patients throughout the world. Senior
executive producer Gail Harris spoke with this remarkable healer and
teacher. Following are some excerpts from their conversation:
Harris: What kinds of things can be treated through chiropractic?
Carrick: Well, we're finding every day that more and more things that
we didn't think were associated with chiropractic treatment can be affected
very nicely. There are testimonials from people who have had their eyesight
and hearing back, and people waking up from comas.
would seem that the level of one's existence, the ability to participate
at a high level of society -- to laugh, to cry, to enjoy activities,
to not perceive painful stimulation if it's not necessary -- are things
that chiropractic definitely does affect. The level to which some treatment
will affect these is unknown from individual to individual.
What about chronic conditions like arthritis, or life-threatening illnesses
There are many cancer patients who see chiropractors for treatment --
certainly not for the cancer. We don't do anything for that disorder.
But we can do things to make patients more comfortable, to be able to
live with the disorder. To decrease the degree of pain, to bless them
with a little bit of a smile or other consequences that are associated
with the brain.
important to realize that chiropractic treatment is not a treatment
that is specific for a shoulder or a knee, but is a global body treatment.
What is the difference between a regular chiropractor, and a chiropractic
neurologist, which is what you are?
Well, the difference is in training in the discipline. The neurologists
in the chiropractic profession have an additional three years of training,
specific to the neurological system. And they serve their communities
as referral services to a variety of physicians -- medical and chiropractic,
dentists, podiatrists -- on neurological problems.
If someone comes to a chiropractor, and perhaps is not successful, does
that mean that chiropractic doesn't work, or that perhaps they need
to see a chiropractic specialist?
Over the last hundred years, the chiropractic profession has developed
specialists, similar to the medical model, where we have neurologists,
orthopedists, radiologists, etc. And now more so, if a general chiropractor
has a problem, he or she will customarily refer the person to the chiropractic
specialist if the condition is amenable to the type of work we do.
We first heard about you as an incredible chiropractor who had been
able to wake up coma patients. Now I know that's not something that
you do routinely. But most people on hearing a statement like that would
say, "How can that be?"
Well, the treatment of patients in a coma -- and I've had considerable
experience and been blessed to attend many of them -- is not really
much different than treating other patients. We use the same techniques
-- that is to say, my specialty of neurology. We look at the brain,
and use brain-based treatment to cause change.
So if someone were in a coma, how would you know what to do?
We make an examination, and largely, when people are in a comatose state,
they can't speak to you, so their body must speak to you. We look at
the way their eyes react, we look at different reflexes, which way their
eyes may go or not go. We look at the stiffness in the joints. The angulation
of the body parts can tell what parts of the brain have been damaged.
And then we can do specific things, which we have found to be successful.
Is it a fairly common circumstance even now, that when a chiropractor
does something that makes a difference, both he and his patient are
You know, when you first start to practice, it's an amazing miracle.
And the second patient is an amazing miracle. And it keeps going. But
after a period of time, it's clinical experience. You have a feeling
the treatment is going to cause a drastic change in the patients. But
the miracle never ever leaves us. So as a profession, the rewards of
this type of practice are incredible. It's miracles, every day, hundreds
of times a day, in your office.
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