A QUICK OVERVIEW OF CHIROPRACTIC

Historically, the word ‘Chiropractic’ comes from Greek words meaning “treatment by hand”, which is exactly what Chiropractors do - they use their hands to manipulate the body and promote healing and wellness. Modern Chiropractic began in the late 1800s when Daniel David Palmer, a self-educated teacher and healer, performed the first spinal manipulation on a patient. Today, Chiropractic is the third largest area of medicine, next only to dentistry and is the largest Complementary and Alternative Medicine health profession.

The contemporary practice of chiropractic maintains its focus on the evaluation and conservative treatment of NMS disorders and the important relationship between the functioning of the NMS system and overall well-being and health. Dysfunction or disease of the musculoskeletal system in any form is viewed as having the potential to create disorders of the locomotors system that may lead to impaired functioning of the individual. This model is supported by the underlying principle that stresses the important interrelationship that exists between structure and function of the human body.

In addition to specializing in the adjusted (manipulative) treatment of disorders of the spinal and extremity joints, it is common for chiropractors to include other treatment procedures in patient management and health promotion. Common therapies applied include dietary modification, nutritional supplementation, physical therapies, and exercise. The Chiropractic philosophy is based on the following belief systems:

a. All bodily functions are connected and the healing process involves the entire body.

b. A healthy nervous system, particularly the spine, is the key to a healthy body. The spinal cord carries information throughout the body and is responsible for all bodily functions including voluntary movements (such as walking) and involuntary functions (such as breathing). When the systems of the body are in balance, it is called homeostasis. Disorders of the bones, muscles and nerves can disrupt the homeostasis and increase the risk of disease and other health problems.

c. When the body systems are in harmony, the human body as the remarkable ability to maintain health and heal itself.

Meanwhile, chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. It is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural health care based on your inborn potential to be healthy. An important principle of chiropractic is that because the nervous system is highly developed in the human being and influences all other systems in the body, it therefore plays a significant role in health and disease. Although the exact nature of the relationship between dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and changes in neurologic input to other body systems is not known, an enduring basic principle of chiropractic is that aberrations in structure or function can have an effect on health and the body’s sense of well-being.

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