Chiropractic is a form of health care concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments, including spinal manipulation. Chiropractic care explores the relationship between the brain, the body and the spinal cord in order to restore and maintain health. It is a philosophy, science, and art which utilize the inherent recuperative powers of the body while placing an emphasis on maintaining its structural integrity. The word Chiropractic comes from the Greek and means "practice" or "treatment by hands".
Origin and Professional Requirements
Chiropractic care was founded in the U.S. in 1895 and is now established in over 70 countries. There are approximately 65,000 Doctors of Chiropractic in the U.S. There is much misunderstanding of the extent and quality of chiropractic education. In fact, in North America there is a minimum requirement of 6 years of university-level training. All aspects of education must meet official accreditation standards, and a graduate must also complete state and national licensing board examinations before obtaining the right to practice.
The practice of chiropractic care emphasizes the natural power of the human body to heal itself and therefore chiropractic practice does not include the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic physicians use natural or non-invasive treatment approaches including manual treatments, physical therapy modalities, exercise programs, nutritional advice, orthotics, lifestyle modification and other patient education. The spine is vulnerable to misalignment (subluxations) caused by an injury or by an excess of physical, emotional or mental stress. Resulting damage may impact the nerves leading from the spinal cord to vital organs controlling bodily functions. This can place extra stress on the body’s systems and health. A Doctor of Chiropractic is uniquely trained to locate and correct these subluxations, reliving the nerve interference, thereby promoting the body’s natural health ability. Our body wants to be well and it knows how to heal itself. Natural healing is about using remedies and therapies that assist the body’s innate ability to correct an imbalance which may cause diseases.
The spine not only supports most of the body, it works as a "switchboard" for the nervous system. Nerves connected to all organs, muscles, and every part of the body, exit the spine between each vertebrae. Signals from these nerves control the body’s organs, all sense, and even life itself.
Optimum health reflects all areas of well-being: mind, body and spirit.
The Causes of Spinal Misalignment
The causes of spinal misalignments are numerous and often unavoidable. They can occur at any time in your life and may be present for many years before symptoms arise. Some of the most common causes of spinal misalignment are:
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