What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based
upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally
functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from
the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the
Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.”
Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins
with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address
these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and
adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic
address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All
chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient’s
condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the
same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination,
laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition,
they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular
attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and
function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care
procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the
base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of
spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of
openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which
influences every living tissue in your body.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and
countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the
spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are
often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that
reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to
operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and
exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical
and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors
of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are
indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and
other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health,
sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
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