What is Chiropractic?
The art of adjusting the joints of the body has been practiced for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans recognized the beneficial effects of spinal manipulation and passed this technique down from generation to generation. The birth of chiropractic as a healing profession occurred in the U.S. In 1895 by D.D. Palmar, based on the philosophical principles that spinal health was vital for overall wellness. It was believed that any disease could be cured by manipulating or realigning the spine in order to heal the body. It facilitates the healing of physical, emotional, and mental disease.
Chiropractic today is somewhat different from the original discipline since the understanding and research has progressed. Today, the central premise is that malfunctions or misalignments of the vertebrae (bones of the spine) cause interference in the proper functioning of the nervous system, which then affects the body’s health and overall performance. These misalignments are called spinal joint fixations (or subfluxation) and result in nerve malfunction and may cause muscular tension, posture problems, limited or painful movement, and a variety of other problems.
A chiropractic adjustment works to remove spinal joint fixations and reduce nervous irritations. Chiropractic procedures are drug-free and surgery-free. Chiropractic medicine believes that good health depends on the normal function of the nervous system, because nerves influence all body tissues. Chiropractic can increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain and allow the body to heal itself.
In our clinic, in addition to aligning the spine, techniques such as posture exercises, nutritional and functional counseling, and lifestyle classes. Chirotrition is a collection of both spinal structure and nutritional rebalancing with we focus on the cause and prevention of disease.
Chiropractors may have varying techniques and routines, but a typical visit involves taking your personal and family health history along with a physical exam, blood pressure, pulse, BMI measurements, and possibly order a blood test or other functional tests. Your posture will be analyzed as well as your joint movements to determine areas of fixation. The chiropractor may also take an X-ray of the spine before beginning a corrective care plan to evaluate the specific curvatures and dynamic position of the full spine. Correction varies and depends on the individual’s needs, age, degeneration and position of posture. The doctor of chiropractic will have a care plan that includes posture specific exercises, regular adjustments and therapeutic traction all aimed towards better function.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
- Thomas Edison