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What is Chiropractic?
(ki-ro-prak'tik) [chiro-hand + G. prakikos, efficient]
Chiropractic is based upon manually restoring joint motion to improve function of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems.
As a simple illustration, consider what happens to an arm or leg put into a cast after a bone fracture. The arm or leg shrivels and wastes away (atrophies) because motion of the elbow or knee joint is restricted. When the cast is removed, joint motion is restored and the limb comes back to life.
Similarly, chiropractic adjustments restore motion to joints in the spine and have a dramatic effect on the health of the surrounding tissues. Included in the surrounding tissues are the nerve roots of the spinal nerves that link the brain to the rest of the body.
Because these spinal nerves are the conduit in which the brain controls the function of every cell in the body, it is imperative to the health of every cell in the body that the spinal nerves be healthy.
This is why the joints of the spine need to be adjusted - to keep them moving fully and freely. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to diagnose and treat bio-mechanical dysfunction of the spinal joints by means of an adjustment.
What does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractors are trained as Primary Care Physicians.
They evaluate patients' conditions by listening to complaints and taking a detailed history. They perform thorough physical examinations, which may include orthopedic and neurological exams, and x-ray evaluation.
They reach a diagnosis based upon information provided by the patient and the physical examination and review their findings with the patient.
They consult with the patient on treatments available to them, including referral to an appropriate specialist when necessary. They recommend a treatment plan and obtain consent to begin treatment.
The primary treatment provided by a chiropractor is an adjustment.
An adjustment is performed by placing the patient in a position that gives the Doctor access to the specific joints of the spine that exhibit abnormal motion. The Doctor then applies a quick stretch to those joints controlling the direction, speed, and depth of the adjustment.
These scientifically supported chiropractic adjustments restore joint motion, reduce inflammation and pain, and restore function to nerves that are adversely affected by the abnormal joints.
Adjustments are unique to the chiropractic profession and distinctly separate from the manipulations and mobilizations performed by physical therapists, osteopaths, medical doctors or other health care professionals.
In addition to the adjustment, the treatment plan may include chiropractic physiological therapeutics such as hot and cold packs, therapeutic ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation.
Also included are rehabilitative exercise programs, controlled stretching, lifestyle and nutritional advice, and advice on prevention of future recurrence.
“I know there is so much controversy between chiropractic and medical care, but if it were not for chiropractic I would still be in pain.
A car accident left me with constant lower back pain. I tried everything from painkillers to preparing to have surgery.
I heard stories from my friends who had surgery and to this day wish they never had it.
So I decided to go to a chiropractor before the surgery and I am so thankful that I did. My back pains are gone and I am living my life to the fullest and pain free”.