Chiropractic care is a total system of healthcare which focuses on restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by natural, non-invasive means. It does not rely on drugs or surgery.
The primary avenue of Chiropractic care is, but not limited to, the manipulation of the spine and framework of the whole body. The spine can be a troublesome piece of the anatomy and consistent care of your spine and nervous system is important to overall health and wellbeing.
Chiropractic care does not just consist of receiving adjustments of the spine, it also involves healthy maintenance of the nervous system. This allows for optimal overall health, not just the relief of back issues. Chiropractic services provide optimal care for health as a whole.
Receiving regular Chiropractic care allows the body to function as it was intended. The spine is a very complex structure which houses and provides protection for the spinal cord while providing mobility for the upper body. It has the dual requirements of strength and flexibility, with multiple joints at each spinal segment forming the spinal column. These joints are called articulation. When they are not positioned normally or functioning correctly, it can affect the nerves exiting the spine. Chiropractic care focuses on relieving the irritations along the spine by repositioning these joints manually, known as a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractors are trained professionals who diagnose and treat patients. They are licensed and often work in conjunction with other medical professionals. They can also refer a patient to other treatment alternatives in order to help provide the best care for the patients’ condition.
Patients normally visit their chiropractor to relieve irritation by receiving adjustments. However, back pain or discomfort is not the only reason to receive Chiropractic adjustments. Other common reasons to receive an adjustment other than back pain, include carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, joint pain, sprains, tendonitis as well as non-musculoskeletal conditions such as allergies, asthma, and digestive disorders.
There are chiropractic specialists who specialize in diagnostic imaging, internal disorders, nutrition, neurology, orthopedics, and sports injuries should the need arise for these services.
Chiropractic Underlying Philosophy
Chiropractic is not just about manual care of the spine, although it has built its reputation on that. A basic philosophy of chiropractic is that the body naturally seeks the proper balance amongst all the total body systems. A second basic principle is that proper structure is necessary for proper function. A strong core means a healthy lower back.
When your spine is not positioned normally, it can irritate the nerves exiting the spine. This abnormal position of the spine may have been caused by injury or stress. When the spine nerves are irritated, they do not function normally and can affect the function of the tissues they interact with. Those effects are the main interest in chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care focuses on the integrity of the total structure, spine, and surrounding tissues as a way to enhance normal body function and health.