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 care different from other healthcare procedures. Your spinal column is a series of sliding 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 networks which influence every living tissue in your body.

Accidents, fall, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacement or derangement of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots, which can result in severe pain. The?Chiropractic approach?teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can help your body operate more efficiently which eventually means little to no pain for you.

Chiropractic care also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or diagnose the need for surgery, chiropractors do refer patients for medical care when necessary. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.

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