What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses in disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the affects fof these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to threat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability ot 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 functionaing imporperly.
Chiropractic was founded by D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa on September 18, 1895. The first adjustment was performed with the intent of restoring the hearing of Harvey Lilard, a deaf janitor. D.D. Palmer's sone, B.J. Palmer and others expanded and developed chiropractic in the early and mid 20th centrury making it into the health profession we now today.
Doctors of Chiropractic - often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians - practice a drug-free, hands-on-approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and hehabilitiative exercises, as well as to provede nutritional, dietary and lifestlye counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as "spinal amipulation", also called "chiropracti adjustment."
The purpose of the mainpulation is to resore joiint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile - or restricted in their movement - as a result of a tissue injury. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of the 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.
Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as imporper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain and idminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscule tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to perate more efficiently and more comfortably. Chiropracti adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
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. The above helps to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the atient's condition, or the condition warrents co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.*
*American Chiropractic Association
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