Chiropractic is the method of natural healing most often chosen by those seeking a complementary or alternative form of treatment for acute and chronic conditions. Chiropractic, developed in 1895 by D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, has a long history of success. This branch of the healing arts is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls or influences every cell in the human body. Chiropractic focuses particularly on your spine, gently correcting misalignments that interfere with the normal function of the spinal cord. This is done in a nonsurgical, noninvasive, drug-free way.
Your first visit to a chiropractor might be due to a problem you have with one area of your body – low back pain, neck pain, etc. – but you will find that chiropractors view you as a whole person, not just a collection of unrelated body parts. Your chiropractor will work as a partner with you, examining the factors that are affecting your well-being, including exercise, nutrition, stress, sleep, and environment. The focus is on helping you to achieve and maintain your health naturally, allowing your body to resist disease rather than merely providing temporary relief of symptoms. It’s been said that treating only the symptoms is like trying to put out a fire by spraying an extinguisher at the smoke alarm instead of the fire!
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Many patients are initially surprised to learn about the broad range of care that is available, until they understand that everything the body does has a relationship with the nervous system. Nerve impulses leave the brain and travel down the information superhighway of the spinal cord to every cell, tissue, organ, and system. If controlling nerve impulses are missing or impaired, the organs and tissues controlled by the affected nerve do not work as they should. When the bones of the spine lose their normal motion or position (this is called “subluxation”), the spinal nerves may be stretched, rubbed, choked, or irritated. When this occurs, health problems often result. Chiropractors seek to find, analyze, and correct these subluxations that are interfering with your nervous system. In addition to back pain, many conditions respond well to chiropractic care, including:
- Pinched Nerves
- Bulging Discs
- Arm/Leg Pain
A chiropractor will help your “bad back,” but beyond that will assist you in your journey to a higher level of health, called Wellness. True health is only possible with an optimally functioning nervous system.
Chiropractors also work together with your other healthcare providers. If your condition requires attention from another branch of the healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.
Along with good nutrition, exercise, and other preventive measures, chiropractic is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.