What is Chiropractic?
A Natural Systemic Approach to Healing
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Chiropractors believe that when the spine is misaligned, it can put pressure on the nerves and cause pain, stiffness, and other problems. They use their hands to adjust the spine and restore its proper alignment, which can help to improve overall health and well-being.
History of Chiropractic
Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian doctor who believed that all diseases could be traced back to problems with the spine. He developed a method of adjusting the spine called "chiropractic manipulation," which he believed could help to restore health and vitality.
Chiropractic quickly gained popularity in the United States, and by the early 1900s, there were over 10,000 chiropractors practicing in the country. However, chiropractic was not without its critics, who argued that it was not a legitimate form of medicine.
In the years since, chiropractic has become more accepted by the medical community. Today, there are over 60,000 chiropractors practicing in the United States, and chiropractic is covered by many health insurance plans.
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic is based on the idea that the nervous system is responsible for controlling all of the body's functions. When the spine is misaligned, it can put pressure on the nerves and interfere with their ability to function properly. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and other problems.
Chiropractors use their hands to adjust the spine and restore its proper alignment. This can help to relieve pressure on the nerves and improve the body's ability to heal itself.
What Conditions Can Chiropractic Treat?
Chiropractic can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Sciatica: Pain that radiates from the lower back down the back of the leg, caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers, caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.
Fibromyalgia: A chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles and soft tissues.
Sports injuries: Injuries that occur during sports or physical activity, such as muscle strain, ligament sprain, or bone fracture.
TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorder, a condition that affects the jaw joint and can cause pain, clicking, or popping in the jaw.
High blood pressure
Chiropractic can also be used to improve overall health and well-being. It can help to boost the immune system, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Chiropractic is generally considered to be a safe and effective form of healthcare. However, there are some risks associated with chiropractic care, such as muscle soreness, bruising, and headache. In rare cases, chiropractic adjustment can cause more serious complications, such as spinal cord injury.
It is important to choose a qualified chiropractor who is trained in the proper techniques. You should also discuss the risks and benefits of chiropractic care with your doctor before starting treatment.
How to Find a Chiropractor
If you are considering chiropractic care, there are a few things you can do to find a qualified chiropractor:
- Ask your friends, family, or doctor for recommendations.
- Check with your health insurance company to see if they cover chiropractic care.
- Contact the American Chiropractic Association to find a chiropractor in your area.
- When you are interviewing chiropractors, be sure to ask about their training and experience. You should also ask about their philosophy of care and how they would treat your specific condition.
If you are looking for a natural, drug-free way to improve your health, chiropractic may be right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.