"Science of applied neurophysiologyic diagnosis based on the theory
that health and disease are life processes related to the function
of the nervous system; irritation of the nervous system by mechanical,
chemical or psychic factors is the cause of disease; restoration
of health and maintenance of health depend on normal function of
the nervous system. Diagnosis is the identification of these noxious
irritants and treatment is their removal by the most conservative
What is Chiropractic?
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"
comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment
by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many
disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its
environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of
drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal
area of the body which is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied
and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use
a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's condition
and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use
the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical
examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other
doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural
examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function
is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures.
Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the
base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one
pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and
exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and
form a complicated network which influences every living tissue
in your body.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other
factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal
column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations
are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic
teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves
can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise
programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical
and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery,
Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when
those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical
doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals
now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and
a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
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What do Chiropractors do?
diagnose and treat neuro-muscular skeletal disorders such as spinal
problems and sporting injuries.
may perform the following tasks:
patients by adjusting the spinal column to manipulate joints and
disorders by discussion, observation and examination of patients,
and by using diagnostic equipment such as x-rays, spinal analysis
physical interference to the nervous system, which may cause pain,
impairment of normal function or lowered resistance to disease
treatment to be followed including preventative and corrective
exercise and diet
patients to other health professionals as appropriate
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