HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC
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adjusting instruments that chiropractors use.
Since its formal foundation in 1895, chiropractic
profession has grown into the second largest of the primary health care professions (first are medical
doctors/MDs). In the United States, chiropractic is now included in major
insurance and Federal programs such as Medicare. Legislation has also included chiropractic services in both the
military and the Veterans Administration. Many famous celebrities also trust
chiropractic with their general wellness. Still, many people are unfamiliar with chiropractic and how it may
benefit their health.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic champions a natural
method of healing, advocating a non-surgical, non-invasive, and drugless approach to treatment of patients.
Grounded in a view of the individual as an integrated being, the Doctor of Chiropractic focuses on spinal health
and wellness as the keys to overall health and well-being.
What Does a Doctor of
The primary treatment for spinal
dysfunction (spinal misalignment or subluxation) is a procedure known as vertebral adjustment, or more generally,
spinal manipulation. An adjustment is a technique in which the chiropractor skilfully applies pressure to an area
of the spine (or other joint) that is not functioning properly or is out of alignment. This procedure is often, but
not always applied manually. The result is reduced pain and inflammation, and restored function to the injured
In addition to adjustment or
manipulation, patients may also receive a treatment plan that uses physiological procedures such as cold laser
therapy, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, controlled exercise, nutritional counselling, and other
professional advise that may improve overall health.
Client progress under
chiropractic care will be carefully monitored. Subjective improvements and objective clinical findings will be
noted and treatment will be modified to meet the patient's changing conditions. Should it be found that another
type of health care would benefit healing, a referral to the appropriate provider will be made.
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative
power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic
focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the
nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. -
The Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)
Because treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many individuals incorrectly assume that
chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments. While we do quickly and effectively eliminate back and
neck pain, it's not the only goal. The objective is to restore and optimize human health. In fact,
according to a statement from The Association of
Chiropractic Colleges, "The purpose of chiropractic is to
Chiropractic Really Work?
may be wondering: how can the same chiropractic treatment which
effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health? The answer can be found by looking into the
relationship between the spine and the nervous system.
may already know, the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs;
orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system
(spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection.
Irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result
from direct mechanical pressure. In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively
influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected
resulting dis-ease depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of
nervous system compromise.
However, it usually takes a while before a person feels the results of a spinal subluxation. Subluxations
are not always painful. Sometimes they could manifest as a simple discomfort that makes you want to lean
on one side of the body or sometimes, you wouldn't notice anything at all.
What Does a
Chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and correcting vertebral
vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological changes in
the joint that compromise the integrity of the nervous tissue and may influence organ system function
and, thus, general health.
a number of unique and highly refined skills, the chiropractor checks the patient's spine for any
misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If subluxations or other
abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner
to the affected spinal area.
office, we also use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnormalities and
optimize overall health. In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as
massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, and lifestyle modification programs are
How is Our Approaches
Different than Massage, MDs, etc
is a significant and very important difference between the way chiropractors and medical doctors approach
evaluating and treating patients, chiropractors take a holistic approach which includes identifying and
correcting the cause(s) of the patient's health ailment. In contrast, the medical approach tends to focus
more on the treating the symptoms of a condition rather than focusing primarily on the actual
Chiropractors believe that correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long-term benefits
over only treating the symptoms.
The Benefits of An Aligned
Short-term and regular chiropractic
care have a number of benefits including:
- Pain relief for spine and
- arthritic joint pain
- increased joint
- reduced degeneration and risk of
- enhanced tissue
- decreased tissue
- increased mobility and range of
- decreased stiffness and muscular
- increased performance and
- increased sense of well being and
- increased balance and
Reference: Rondberg, T.,
Chiropractic First, The Chiropractic Journal, 1998
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