Not Your Average “Back Crack” Session: The Truth About Chiropractic Care
Sep 30, 2016 12:13PM
by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
The entire human body––from organ functions to sensory impulses––is controlled by the nervous system. This fibrous network of cells, referred to as neurotransmitters, communicate messages from the brain which proceed down the spinal cord and disperse along various neurological pathways, orchestrating the behavior of joints, muscles, tissues and other receptive matter.
Although a simplistic breakdown of this complex process, the significance of maintaining optimum nerve response throughout our bodies cannot be underestimated. Because these microscopic mechanisms impact even the farthest-reaching corners of our internal framework, if the nervous system becomes weakened, damaged or imbalanced, our health tends to suffer overall. So, the question remains: How can we prevent this “domino effect” from happening?
To answer that conundrum, Dr. William Maecker, Sarasota-based Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, lends his professional take on the subject. “The body strives to achieve homeostasis––a state of balanced health,” he explains. “However, sometimes the body gets confused, and problems arise. The body must then adapt because certain processes no longer occur as naturally intended. These adaptations could manifest in several outcomes like inflammation, contortion, nerve suppression, respiratory issues or chronic pain, for instance.
“As a Chiropractor, I treat these misalignments (subluxations) through joint manipulation (adjustments). With realignment, the nerve information flow can properly resume, and the body will attempt to restore its natural homeostasis. Over time, this leads to enhanced wellness. Moreover, in fitting with the medical model, specific nerve patterns exist throughout the body, corresponding to specific nerve compressions which stimulate pain. Adjustments can, therefore, alleviate discomfort produced by those compressions.
“Chiropractic treatments generally involve manipulation of the spine––more specifically, the upper neck. However, when assessing a patient’s condition, I don’t only focus on that particular problem. I take the entire body into account, finding a symptom’s cause to achieve optimal positioning. Anytime a patient experiences acute pain, I address their arms, legs, feet or wherever I locate an obstruction. Since I am foremost dealing with the nervous system, keeping the entire body aligned and interconnected could stimulate even more health improvements.”
These benefits have long been embraced within the holistic sphere, but from a conventional stance, numerous fallacies regarding Chiropractic Medicine abound. Dr. Maecker debunks those misconceptions and offers a counterpoint instead. “Most people think adjustments consist of painful twisting or pulling, but there are several methods to adjust a joint. In my office, I prefer that you remain comfortable throughout this process. In fact, your body will be positioned lying either face-up or face-down during the majority of your visit.”
He continues, “Another common belief is that Chiropractic treatments only address headaches or lower back pain. This began when the Chiropractic community was desperate for legitimization and perpetuated that idea to gain credibility. I cannot fault this decision, but it excludes Chiropractic’s broader scope, causing a manifestation of the myth. Often, people don’t realize this modality is effective for sports injuries, digestive issues, pregnancy discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic radiculopathy and other nerve complaints.
“Finally, there’s an assumption that an ongoing Chiropractic regimen is compulsory. In reality though, every person is different, so every person’s frequency is also different. Those who receive consistent adjustments make this voluntary decision because they find value in the process. Ultimately, however, that’s an individual choice––not a requirement.”
Undeterred by the skepticism and false impressions which obscure this model from mainstream recognition, Dr. Maecker continues to spread alternative, restorative healing across the Suncoast. That passion gives him an unparalleled degree of expertise, unique perspective on healthcare and growing support within the Sarasota community. Dr. Maecker expounds on those factors which account for his profound knowledge of Chiropractic Medicine.
“First, before enrolling at Life University, I had trained over 15 years in the Japanese martial art of Aikido which translates to ‘Way of Harmony with Universal Energy.’ From a more basic standpoint, Aikido focuses on joint manipulation. So, I began my Chiropractic education with firsthand experience of painful body positioning which helped to differentiate between correct and incorrect alignment.
“Second, I do not participate with insurance companies which enables me to approach every person as an individual––with individualized treatment goals. There is no outside force dictating the patient outcome or timetable. As a result, my rates are incredibly low. My childhood centered on abject poverty, so I strive to make legitimate healthcare affordable for everyone.
“Third, I view myself as a primary care physician, a distinction I take seriously. To this end, I perform physicals for healthcare workers on a regular basis and offer exceptional discount arrangements for local staffing companies. I know how tirelessly those people work, so this initiative allows me to support their efforts.
“Finally, my entire practice utilizes education in our treatment approach. I guide patients toward making intelligent, informed decisions about their own healthcare. In addition, my practice sponsors multiple seminars each month, featuring different guest speakers. These range from acupuncture to massage to nutrition to intuitive financial planning and beyond. Also, I help train the next generation of practitioners through my adjunct professor role at East West College of Natural Medicine.”
With these credentials in his therapeutic arsenal, Dr. Maecker is poised to make a long-term impact on our vibrant wellness scene. “Sarasota ranks among the most progressive and health-conscious communities I’ve ever encountered. I believe this stems from a unique combination of disposable income, free time, a relaxed mentality and older residents who harbor disappointment toward conventional healthcare. In addition, this area lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle, creating the ‘perfect storm’ for vitality to flourish,” he concludes.
Dr. William Maecker received his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Life University, and is certified in Physiotherapy by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He is actively licensed in Florida, and his practice SRQDC is located at 7725 Holiday Drive, Sarasota. Dr. Maecker also provides nutritional and dietary consulting; his office is equipped with E-Stim ultrasound technology; and a Licensed Massage Therapist is on-site for soft tissue bodywork. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-518-2247 or visit SRQDC.com.
Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.