Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body.
Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and millions of nerves. Your brain is protected by the skull, and your spinal cord by the 24 moving bones of the spine.
Many everyday activities can cause these spinal bones and other joints to lose their normal position of motion. This can result in the nervous system dysfunction and ultimately ill health.
The chiropractic approach to better health is to detect, reduce, and help prevent nervous system dysfunction and to correct any spinal or joints' misalignments or fixations.
By the skillful manipulation of the spine and the joints, a chiropractor's ultimate mission is to enhance better function, reduce pain, relieve tension and improve mobility and good health.
Chiropractic emphasizes the inherent recuperative powers of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
Doctors of chiropractic (DCS) consider man / woman as an integrated being, but give special attention to spinal biomechanics, (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Chiropractic traces its origin back to ancient times In Greece, Rome, Egypt, China and India. Healers had become experts in spinal anatomy and bio- mechanics, and were aware of the adverse effects of spinal misalignment. They knew how to perform joint manipulation and restore alignment to a twisted "frame" in order to alleviate a wide range of ailments. Hippocrates wrote numerous books on healing, and mentioned the importance of Manipulation and "On Setting joints by Leverage". He said "look well to the spine, for many diseases have their origin in the dislocations of the vertebral column". Indians, Chinese, Polish, Hungarians, Arabs and Mexicans, all knew the benefit of joint manipulation
One of these early pioneers was Daniel David Palmer the founder of Chiropractic. The word comes from the words "Cheir" and "Praktikos" which means hand and efficient. Chiropractic is an old / new health profession, old in its inception, new in its popularity. The profession was founded in September 18th 1895 in Davenport, Iowa, USA, when D.D. Palmer placed his hands upon an irregular protrusion "misalignment" of the neck of Harvey Lillard who had at that time hearing loss , and with a forceful thrust reduced this irregularity. As a result Mr. Lillard claimed "I hear the wagons on the street" something he could not do prior to receiving this manipulative treatment.
A dynamic thrust applied to a particular joint, with high or low velocity, short or long lever, high or low amplitude; may or may not involve the cavitation or gapping of a joint, which moves the joint into the paraphysiological range.
It is skilled, specific, and controlled.
The corrective structural adjustment by a chiropractic physician should not be confused with other forms of manipulation.
On the other hand chiropractic corrective adjustment is delivered in a specific manner. It is a precise delicate maneuver requiring special bio engineering skills and deftness and is rarely painful.
Most chiropractic adjustment involves the articulations of the spinal column and extremities. Some techniques however are light touch reflex adjustments that involve the neurovascular, neurolymphatic and neuromuscular system, gentle manipulation and passive mobilization.
The objectives of an adjustment are:
With rare exceptions, the answer is no. While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic care administered by a licensed chiropractor. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower in chiropractic as opposed to other forms of health care, where the iatrogenic threat of prescription drugs and surgery pose a greater risk. The relative safety of chiropractic care is amply documented and studied.
Many studies have shown that the benefits of Chiropractic manipulation when accompanied with appropriate modification inline style are long term.
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