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Meeting the Challenges of Belief

For Dr. John Ballam, of Legacy Chiropractic in Cary, the connections between the spine and other body systems comprise just one aspect of “whole” health and healing. “Our beliefs and attitudes,” he says, “play a key role in any healing process.

Dr. Ballam makes a minor adjustment relieving neck pain as a part of this patient’s health maintenance program.

“In our office, we have a slogan: it’s ‘Hope, healing, and health.’ And you’ll notice that ‘hope’ comes first. That’s because a patient’s belief about their health—whether positive or negative—is incredibly powerful. So, I want to start there—instilling a positive belief—with all my patients.”

A good example of that, says Dr. Ballam, “is the person who comes in saying ‘I have degenerative disc disease.’ And they say it not like a condition they’ve been diagnosed with. It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Hello. I am degenerative disc disease; nice to meet you.’ And my response is ‘we’ve got to change this. You have a condition, but that’s not who you are.’”

Patients’ beliefs are extremely important in the healing process, asserts Dr. Ballam. “To begin with, if we’re going to heal, we need to believe that we can get better. Regrettably, I do sometimes see patients who should be getting better, based on all the physical signs and analysis—but who aren’t progressing because of contrary beliefs.”

Free Posture Assessment

“A posture assessment,” says Dr. Ballam, “is an invaluable tool in chiropractic care. It provides a baseline against which to evaluate future problems. That is why,” he says, “we offer a free digital pos-ture assessment and free consulta-tion to assess imbalances and risks.”

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In contrast, notes Dr. Ballam, there are also patients with such a strong determination to get better that it becomes a great asset. “So, hope is probably the most important to instill in the patient. When we’ve got a willing patient who wants to make changes and follow the course of care and treatment, that’s where the healing begins. Now we can start making adjustments, and create new habits. Then, ultimately, that’s when health starts to come back. So, we’ve got hope, healing, and health.”

Misconceptions About Chiropractic Care

 Beliefs about chiropractic care also influence the healing process, notes Dr. Ballam. “Although chiropractic care has a long history as a healing discipline, there are still misperceptions about it,” he acknowledges. “Unfortunately, one such belief is that chiropractors are not ‘real’ doctors, or are somehow second rate.

“In terms of overall health care options, chiropractic doctors play a different role than medical doctors, but not a lesser one. Chiropractic medicine emphasizes conservative, non-surgical, and non-pharmacologic methods to aid patients in recovering from injury and maintaining their health,” he explains. “It’s been said that ‘while a medical doctor focuses on the disease, a chiropractor focuses on the person with the disease.’

“In fact,” observes Dr. Ballam, “I would say that the most distinguishing characteristic of chiropractic care is its holistic approach. The emphasis is therefore on wellness—not simply disease care. We are as interested in maintaining health as in repairing an injury.

“But this focus on maintenance,” he says, “gives rise to another problem belief about chiropractic. Many patients wrongly believe that once someone starts to see a chiropractor, they have to go forever. But nobody has to keep coming back forever!

“At the same time, there are very good reasons for including chiropractic care as a part of maintaining one’s health,” he says. “Contemporary lifestyles are really hard on the body. Jobs that keep us sitting in front of computers, cell phone habits that distort our posture, lifestyles that limit exercise, even elevated stress—these are all factors that affect spinal alignment and health, even when there are no injuries or other problems. And chiropractic maintenance is a way of dealing with that reality.

“When a patient tells me they’re not sure that they need ‘maintenance’ care,” he says with a smile, “I’ll suggest that it’s like saying they don’t need to do maintenance on their car. And, in a way that’s true: you only have to do maintenance on the car you drive.”

Gonstead Chiropractic: Highly Individualized
Evaluation and Treatment

Dr. Ballam practices the precise Gonstead Method, which provides a unique level of assessment and analysis that can be helpful with challenging cases. And the process of getting started is simple.

He offers an initial consultation, with no commitment required, when he can answer a patient’s questions and get a sense of what’s going on based on symptoms. “And we offer any new or prospective patient a complimentary digital posture assessment to determine if those symptoms could relate to spinal issues,” he says. “And, at that point, we can decide if it makes sense to proceed with a more comprehensive assessment.

“The Gonstead Method of evaluation is detailed and thorough,” he explains. “It uses a number of different assessment tools that provide the clearest possible understanding of spinal health and issues. These include static and dynamic palpation of the spine; observation and measurement of posture; Nervoscope readings to identify inflammation and areas of stress in the spine; and a full spinal X-ray.

“The X-ray is particularly valuable,” he says, “because it allows us to visualize the spine, much like an architect looking at blueprints. Thus, we can see the relationships between body parts, and can trace alignments—and misalignments—from top to bottom.

“What I find most compelling about the Gonstead approach,” says Dr. Ballam, “is that it provides a wealth of information, which allows us to tailor a healing or maintenance plan for each individual patient. We don’t just treat symptoms; we need to understand the underlying source of the symptoms—for each specific patient.

“There’s a classic example of this,” he says. “And it’s one that I see fairly often. A patient will come in complaining of neck pain, but the extensive testing we do reveals that the misalignment is not in the neck or shoulders, but in the hips. Treating the neck doesn’t solve the problem, but adjusting the hips will!”

Understanding Chiropractic: The Bigger Picture

“Patients who come in as referrals from a friend or family member,” notes Dr. Ballam, “know that the process can work because they’ve seen it help someone they know. But even then, they might miss the full potential of chiropractic care.

“Most patients first come in with some sort of musculoskeletal complaint, like back pain, neck pain, or headaches,” he says. “That’s because chiropractic can offer a very conservative and effective approach to help people with those types of symptoms. Those are the symptoms that go away first and the fastest,” he explains. “But you don’t want to stop there because there is so much more that chiropractic has to offer.

“I would be doing the chiropractic profession a disservice, if I said that is the only reason you should come in and see a chiropractor. Our purpose isn’t just to treat back and neck pain; it’s to help you become a healthier person. It’s not a band-aid. It’s really about helping your nervous system run the show—thus helping every cell of your body function at its best potential.”

While he can help individuals with chronic pain, Dr. Ballam emphasizes that the real strength of chiropractic care lies in preventing problems from becoming chronic. “Chiropractic care isn’t just about fixing a problem once it’s causing you pain,” he says. “At its best, it’s a means of self-care, of maintaining the body that we stress physically, mentally, and emotionally every day—so as to help prevent injuries from occurring.”

In that way, says Dr. Ballam, “chiropractic care can help fill a gap in the standard medical model. More and more people are looking for holistic health care,” he adds. “And chiropractic care can help to meet that need.”