What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the haling 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 decease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment.Subscribe to your health.

It looks to address these deceases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a muculoskeletal 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 conditions 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 complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body.

Accidents, fall, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangement of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctioning 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 exercises 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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