Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is concerned with human health and disease processes. Doctors of Chiropractic are physicians who consider man as an integrated being and give special attention to the physiological and biochemical aspects including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional, and environmental relationships. Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical science which does not include pharmaceuticals or incisive surgery.
Chiropractic Philosophy: As a profession, the primary belief is in natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. Chiropractors devoted careful attention to the biomechanics, structure, and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health. A Doctor of Chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare. One of the main things chiropractors treat are subluxations.
1. a minor misalignment of the segment of the spine (vertebrae), causing an irritation to a nerve, with a loss of normal function.
2. an interruption of communication from the brain to any cell, tissue, or organ in the body.
A subluxation is a condition in which on or more vertebrae of the spine are out of alignment. This places pressure on the spinal nerve and affects the normal transmission of nerve impulses. The function and healing process of vital parts of the body is often affected.
Subluxations are caused by any stress (physical, mental, or chemical) the person cannot adapt to. In the early stages, subluxations affect only muscles, ligaments or sometimes nerves. Although extreme pain has been observed in some cases, it is more often noticed as a discomfort, or not at all. If the condition is allowed to go untreated, the body will attempt to help support the subluxated vertebra, but may deform instead. As the muscles become more rigid, the disc starts to degenerate and become arthritic. Over a period of time, the area becomes calcified, and the vertebrae will actually begin to change shape. The longer the condition is allowed to go untreated, the less chance there is for recovery. What began as a minor problem or discomfort may lead to total destruction of the joint and irreversible damage to the nerve.
The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to return the subluxated vertebrae to as normal of a position as possible. This will in turn remove pressure off the nerve and restore nerve function to the affected area. Once treated a subluxation will respond well to chiropractic care with an excellent chance for a complete and painless recovery.