Chiropractic is the method of natural healing most chosen by those seeking complementary/alternative health care for acute and chronic conditions. Chiropractic is a type of complementary medicine with various definitions in different articles and other scientific resources. Chiropractic is 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. Chiropractic treatment procedures emphasize manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation, with a specific focus on subluxation.
Many individuals compare the services of chiropractors to physical therapists.
Of course, both of these professionals help patients achieve a better quality of life, but the focus of their services is different from each other.
While you may first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, whiplash, or headache, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.
Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect your health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment, and heredity. Chiropractic focuses on maintaining your health naturally to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms of the disease. One of the best things about receiving chiropractic adjustments is that they are a completely drug-free path to healing the body naturally. Chiropractic benefits include helping to naturally improve problems such as:
- Back pain
- Bowel regularity
- Improved mental clarity
- Ear infections
- Neck pain
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Blood pressure
- Healthy pregnancy
- Organ function
- Surgery prevention
When you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic, you will be evaluated using time-honored methods, including consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis, and X-ray examination. In addition, you will receive a careful chiropractic structural examination, with particular attention paid to the spine.
A broad range of techniques is used to locate, analyze, and gently correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) in the spine. Chiropractors may use manual adjustment, electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound, or massage. But they never use pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery. Chiropractic is a natural method of healing that stimulates the body’s communication system to work more effectively to initiate, control and, coordinate the various functions of the cells, organs, and systems of the body.
Doctors of chiropractic work in tandem with other healthcare professionals. If your condition requires attention from another branch of the healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.