Chiropractic is the largest form of alternative health care in the United States and third largest health care discipline after medicine and dentistry. Many people associate "chiropractic" with low back problems. Although back problems do indeed constitute a large portion of a chiropractor's practice, chiropractic is defined as a health care service that emphasizes the structural integrity of the body, and concern for those health disorders related to the spinal column and nervous system.
With the exception of the cranial nerves, all the nerves that control your body pass through the spine. For example, the nerves that go to your arms and hands, thyroid gland, and neck muscles come from your cervical spine or your neck. The nerves going to your lungs, heart and stomach, shoulder and torso muscles come from your thoracic spine or mid back. The nerves that pass through your lumbar spine or low back go to your reproductive system, bladder, intestines and muscles of your legs and feet.
Daily stressors such as sports or auto injuries, work related stress or trauma, and lifestyles play a substantial role in determining the outcome of your health. These factors may create a malfunction in the spine, weaken a muscle or impair the function of an organ.
The main purpose of a chiropractic health care is to find the cause of the symptoms, and correct the problem by realigning the spine and other articulations of the body which may be causing discomfort.
To properly correct the problem your chiropractic treatment consists of a chiropractic adjustment to realign the spine and restore spinal integrity. Physiotherapy like ultrasound treatment and therapeutic massage may also be recommended to complement and accelerate the healing process which the chiropractic adjustments will initiate. An individually designed program of health care will be provided to fit your lifestyle.
By using the body's own regenerative powers, chiropractic takes people to a height of health they never thought possible.
Chiropractors believe that to help someone to be well, you work with the goal in mind to have a person become and stay healthy through purely natural methods. You work to remove the interference to proper body function, not to remove the symptom nor the damaged body part. For this reason, chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery. Chiropractors feel that drugs and surgery are only valuable as a last resort or in emergency situations. Thus the chiropractor quote: "Chiropractic first, Drugs second, and Surgery last."
One last thing, chiropractic works. Every time a patient responds, it is proof that health is the normal condition of the body and that disease is abnormal. Patients who respond to chiropractic do so only because an interference was removed and not because something was added (as in drugs) nor taken away (as in surgery). Thus, every chiropractic patient who gets well is a living example of what can occur without the use of damaging agents (drugs) or the destruction of body balance (surgery). Millions and millions of people suffer daily when chiropractic could be their cure. Therefore, our purpose is to reach as many people as possible.
Researchers tell us that over 80% of the general population will suffer from one of the great variety of vertebrogenic disorders during various periods of their life. Vertebrogenic disorders are disorders of the body that are caused in whole or in part by misalignment of the spinal column.
In addition to pain and discomfort in the neck and back, these disorders include tension headaches, migraine headaches, dizziness, neuralgia, pain in the shoulders and arms, certain types of pain in the chest and abdomen, pain in the hips, knees and legs (sciatica), disc disorders, certain digestive disorders, problems with menstrual cycles etc. The connection between these seemingly unrelated conditions and the spine is that the nerves, which serve all areas of the body, can be irritated directly or indirectly by the spinal column.
We are currently seeing a big push for less invasive, less pill induced treatment and a stronger push toward preventative medicine. I believe there is a need for all types of health care practitioners - chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, etc. In the future many of these health care practitioners will put aside their biases and work together in one facility to better serve the residents of our community (this is already being done in several larger cities). The quality of health care will go up for each patient as physicians will consult together to develop the best treatment plan and therapy for each individual to insure optimal health.