Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Chiropractic means “done by hand”. It is a natural alternative, hands on, drug free, surgery free approach to health. Chiropractic has a very long history dating back to 1895 when the first official adjustment was given. Since its inception, Chiropractic has risen to become the third most used primary health care profession in the world after medicine and dentistry. Chiropractic works on the premise that good health is dependent on a normally functioning spine and nervous system.
What truly differentiates doctors of Chiropractic from any other healthcare professionals is the fact that Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex through Chiropractic care. The word “subluxation” comes from the Latin words meaning “somewhat or slight” (sub) and “to dislocate” (luxate). So the term ‘vertebral subluxation’ literally means a slight misalignment of the bones in the spine. When a subluxation occurs, a Chiropractor corrects the misaligned bone and allows it to return to its proper position.
Chiropractors have known the dangers of the vertebral subluxation complex ever since the birth of the profession. More and more scientific research is demonstrating the tremendous detrimental impact that subluxations have on all the tissues and structures of the body. In order to be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations.
The official beginning of the Chiropractic profession dates back to 1895 when Daniel David Palmer restored the hearing of Harvey Lillard by manually adjusting his neck and something told him that he was on to something good.
Throughout the twentieth century, the profession of Chiropractic has gained considerable recognition and scientific support. Research studies have clearly demonstrated the value of Chiropractic care in reducing health care costs, improving recovery rates, overall wellbeing and increasing patient satisfaction.
There are 7 neck (cervical) vertebrae, 12 mid back (thoracic) vertebrae and 5 lower back (lumbar) vertebrae, with a cartilaginous disc in between each vertebra. This disc is there to help cushion and absorb shock, reduce friction between the vertebrae and to allow increased movement to occur within the spine. A pair of spinal nerves exits between each vertebra. Each one of the 31 pairs of nerves comes from the spinal cord, which runs the length of the spine, and extends outwards to form a network which supplies and influences every organ, tissue and cell in the body.