What is Chiropractic?
The World Health Organization: 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. There is a an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations.
Internet Health Library: “Chiropractic is a profession which specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the nervous system.”
The Princeton Review: “Chiropractic, although many times misunderstood, is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as “bone doctors”, chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column in order to effect the nervous system.”
Is chiropractic care safe for everyone?
“Chiropractic care is safe for children and can have beneficial effects on health and fitness from newborn to adult stages”, according to the World Chiropractic Alliance. The Council on Chiropractic Practice asserts that, “since vertebral subluxation may affect individuals at any age, chiropractic care may be indicated at any time after birth.”
How many people see Chiropractors?
In 2002, the American Chiropractic Association reported that, “Approximately 20 million Americans use chiropractic services every year.” Chiropractic is said to represent the most rapidly growing segment of the health services market.
Can Chiropractors treat conditions other than back pain?
Absolutely. According to NCCAM, “Conditions commonly treated by chiropractors include back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and repetitive strains. Patients also seek treatment of pain associated with other conditions, such as arthritis.” Chiropractors have been known to treat patients far any ailment which can be traced to the muskuloskeletal system. Chiropractic physicians often treat patients for headaches, earaches (in both children and adults), carpal tunnel, and arthritis.
What is the muskuloskeletal system?
The body’s system of muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, catilage and bones that together provide the ability for the body to perform essential functions necessary to sustain life. It provides the body with support, movement and protection.
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Incomplete or partial dislocation, as of a bone in a joint.
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The spinal nerves that emerge from between each of the bones in your spine can be adversely affected by pressure or irritation that is created when one or more of the bones of your spine shift out of position. Messages from the brain use these nerves to travel to and control the functions of the body. Pressure or irritation on the nerves can interfere with signals travelling over the nerves and may result in a malfunction the part of the body affected by those nerves.
What Causes Subluxations?
Subluxations can be attributed to various physical, chemical, and emotional factors. A physical injury, such as one received during a sporting activity or a car accident as well as continual or repetitive motions that can result in the weakening of muscles may cause subluxations of the spine. In addition, diet and social factors that affect nutrition may diminish the body’s ability to handle stress, resulting in a subluxation of the spine. Emotional stresses can also have negative affects on the body which can result in subluxations.
Once a subluxation is diagnosed, in addition to treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractors may reccommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and offer nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling to help correct these subluxations.