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By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor
The word "doctor" means "teacher". Too many physicians today have forgotten this. It is not enough to get rid of a pain or other ailments; learning how to prevent them is also very important. Changing the oil in your car while neglecting to change the oil filter is senseless. Getting rid of a pain or an ailment without understanding why it occurred and how to prevent it is also senseless. Treating the symptoms instead of the cause has been the order of the day. It's time physicians of all types stop only treating the symptoms and educate their patients on how to develop a natural, healthy lifestyle.
A chiropractor is a holistic health care physician. As a matter of fact, chiropractic is the largest drug-free natural health care profession in the world. Holistic means that the whole body is taken into consideration and not just the area affected by the ailment. For example, by taking an aspirin to alleviate a headache you are treating the area affected by the ailment or the symptom, instead of finding the cause of the headache. At times it may seem preferable to take medication to alleviate extreme discomfort, but you should understand that hiding the pain with drugs will not solve the cause of the problem. The pain and discomfort will eventually return and can be much more severe than before. A chiropractor gives no medication, but tries to find the cause of the problem and takes the time to explain and educate the patient about preventing further occurrences and maintaining a holistic health lifestyle. A chiropractor teaches six facets of health.
- Proper exercise of correct type.
- Proper posture
- Positive mental attitude
- Getting enough sleep so your body can heal itself
- Proper nutrition (remember you are what you eat)
- Maintaining a balanced nervous system, because it controls every function of the body.
Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 85 Franklin Ave, Nutley, 235-9393.