Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is 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 is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system, without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism.
The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and remove nervous irritation. Once this nervous irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do – heal itself.
Where conventional or “allopathic” medicine focuses on curing illness through surgery and pharmaceuticals, the goal of chiropractic is to optimize health with a non-invasive approach that does not use drugs or surgery. Chiropractic’s primary avenue of care is manipulation of the spine and the framework of the body.
A basic philosophy of chiropractic is that the body naturally seeks the proper balance among all the systems of the body, and that these systems are meant to work together. A second basic principle is thatproper structure is necessary for proper function. If a structure is impaired by injury or stress, its function can be adversely affected.
For example, when our spine (structure) is not positioned normally, it can irritate the nerves exiting the spine. And when spinal nerves are irritated, they don’t function normally and can affect the function of the tissues they interact with. This “end-organ” effect is the central interest in chiropractic care. The relief of localized discomfort at the point of irritation is also an objective of care.
Thus chiropractic focuses on the integrity of the spine and its surrounding tissues as a means to enhance normal human function and health.
Although pain is often a result of disturbed spinal balance, it is usually the last thing to come and the first thing to go with the onset of subluxation or spinal fixations. When a person is finally in pain they make the mistake of thinking that they are now sick, or that something is now wrong that was not before. This is not quite accurate. Remember, pain is the last thing to come. When the body finally gets to the point that it is in pain, it is now to the point where the problem is so bad that it can no longer be ignored. Pain is the the body’s reaction that says, “I can no longer function in this way, I am in trouble now, HELP!”. Also, pain usually disables a person from moving in certain ways. This is the body saying, “until the fixation or subluxation is corrected and the balance is restored, it is harmful to move in this way.”. The body will go to great lengths to protect itself from more permanent damage, often this will be in the form of an intense muscle spasm which the body uses to pull itself into a protective position. Pain is a stimulus that will make sure that you don’t move in a particular direction or way which will cause any further damage. So pain actually has an important function in the body’s ability to maintain and heal itself. Pain often makes sure that you don’t make the problem worse.
What’s the main difference between wellness care and standard medical care? Wellness care seeks to turn on the natural healing ability, not by adding something to the system, but by removing anything that might interfere with normal function, trusting that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside – a medication, a surgery or procedure.
There are many conditions that chiropractic care effectively assists in relieving. Listed below are some of these symptoms and conditions:
Low back pain
Stiffness/soreness in muscles
Stiffness/soreness in joints