What is Chiropractic?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug free, hands on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment which always includes spinal manipulation. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
What is the Goal of Chiropractic?
Many people associate chiropractic treatment with the relief of neck and back pain or headaches. While this is a true association, many do not understand the source of the pain and how regular visits to a chiropractor can not only relieve this pain but also prevent a whole host of health issues. The goal of chiropractic treatment is the correcting of subluxations in the spine.
A subluxation is defined as “a complex of functional, structural, and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity, and may influence organ system function and general health,” according to the American Chiropractic Association. Just as a kink in a hose does not allow water to flow freely, so it is the same with a subluxation in the spine. It does not allow the nerve messages to flow freely to the body, allowing all organs and body systems to function properly.
A chiropractic adjustment is simply the removing of a subluxation, so that the nervous system and can communicate properly throughout the body. Regular visits to a chiropractor can result in a decrease of pain, digestive issues, and respiratory problems as well as an increase in sleep, immune efficiency, and overall quality of life.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic?
Short-term and regular chiropractic care have a number of benefits including:
• spinal and extremity pain relief
• headache relief
• increased mobility and range of motion
• decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
• arthritic joint pain relief
• increased joint health
• increased performance and energy
• increased sense of well-being and relaxation
• increased balance and coordination
• reduced degeneration and risk of injury
• enhanced tissue healing
• decreased tissue inflammation
• proper function of body systems
• increased organ function