What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the
healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in
part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine,
and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).
"Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos,
meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea
that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's
inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these
diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and
adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning
Chiropractic is a health practice of keeping the body healthy and performing at its ultimate potential by maintaining the alignment of the spinal column and keeping the nervous system functioning properly. Since the nervous system controls every cell, organ, and function of the body, keeping it working properly is very important.
What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment is a term used to
describe how chiropractors correct dysfunctional joint movement. The
chiropractor may use their hands or use instruments in applying the
adjustment. The adjustment is a fast force into the area of concern
that for the most part does not cause any pain, unless the area is
already tender or painful to the touch.
What is that "cracking noise?"
Between each bone in your body is fluid that keeps the joint
lubricated. The fluid contains gas that is released when the adjustment
is performed. Sometimes when the gas is released it causes an audible
sound to be heard and other times no noise is heard, like when you open
a can of pop and the carbonated gas is released.
How large is the chiropractic profession?
Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health
care profession. According to Federation of Chiropractic Licensing
Boards there are approximately 81,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in
active practice in the United States spread from rural areas to inner
cities. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in
chiropractic educational programs accredited by a federally-recognized
body (CCE). The ratio of DCs to the general population, based on the
Bureau of the Census figures is estimated to be one doctor of
chiropractic for every 5,100 citizens. This compared dramatically to
the ratio of medical providers to the general population as there are
well over ten times more MDs than DCs. Thus the MD to general
population ratio is approximately one to every 430 citizens.
How many people see chiropractors?
Chiropractic services are in high demand. Tens of millions of Americans
routinely opt for chiropractic services and this number is rapidly
growing. In 1993, more than 30 million consumers made chiropractic a
regular part of their health care program.
Does chiropractic treat any other problems except back problems?
The doctor of chiropractic is an effective source of preventative and wellness care. The anatomical focus of the DC on the human spine has created the perception of the DC as just a "back doctor." Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is very much incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are a highly appropriate resource in matters of work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling. Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders and not just back and neck ailments. This includes conditions of the joints of the extremities like the ankle, knee and shoulder. What you may not be aware of is chiropractic's success in treating a number of non-soft tissue conditions like dysmenorrhea (painful menses), ulcers, migraine headaches, and ear infections in children. While we cannot claim to cure these conditions, we believe that many of these problems can be mimicked, aggravated and some times caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities. By correcting these spinal abnormalities like the vertebral subluxation, chiropractic has helped thousands of individuals overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives. A number of studies have also supported these findings. In one such study, spinal manipulative therapy was compared with standard medical treatments in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. The researchers Pikalov, MD, and Kharin, MD, found those subjects receiving spinal manipulations took an average of 16 days to heal vs. 26 days to heal in the standard medical treatment group. JMPT 1994;17(5):310-313
I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I'll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?
You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you've probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head. Once chiropractic care eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
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