What is Chiropractic Care? It is a form of Alternative Medicine and holistic treatment.
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. Chiropractor’s have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractor care is normally thought of a treatment used to treat spinal problems and pain that is associated with the back and neck using spinal manipulations and adjustments. The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to relieve pain and improve your body’s physical function.
Chiropractors’ use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. (This is done many times with a pushing or movement that produces a cracking sound).
Daniel David Palmer was the founder of chiropractic in the 1890s, and his son B.J. Palmer helped to expand it in the early 20th century. Palmer believed and quoted that “A subluxated vertebra… is the cause of 95 percent of all diseases… The other five percent is caused by displaced joints other than those of the vertebral column.”
But lets look further into this form of alternative medicine.
Chiropractic care has evolved as much as conventional medicine has. Thirty years ago or less it was thought by many in the mainstream medicine as a taboo. It has now become accepted and recommended by many conventional physicians as productive and useful form of treatment, although they still have their differences of opinions on many issues.
Controversy still remains between conventional medical doctors and chiropractor care. One of the major disagreement is in there terminology of Subluxation.
In traditional medicine, a subluxation is a partial dislocation of a joint, bone or organ. According to the medical definition, spinal subluxations are rare, but chiropractors use the term in a completely different way.
In chiropractic terms, a subluxation describes a subtle misalignment of a vertebral bone. This slight deviance from the “normal” position is not usually visible on any imaging study. It is detectable only to the trained hands of a master chiropractor. Chiropractic care emphasizes that focuses diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.
The theory is that if the spine is out of whack the body cannot function properly so their treatment focuses on aligning the skeletal system so that the ligaments, nerves, muscles, tendons, and internal organs can function optimally. It treats the whole body, not just an isolated problem.
It has been reported that people who have regular chiropractic adjustments will have up to a 200% stronger immune system than those that don’t. Chiropractic care has been known to help and be very effective in treating migraine and tension headaches, sinus problems, back and neck pain, and prenatal discomfort.
The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues. Treatment also includes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling, maintenance therapy. Massage therapy many times is recommended to optimize manipulation adjustments and to use as a supplemental way to ease pain. Other forms of preventive care include specific exercises and at times herbal remedies are used.
Chiropractor’s believe that to keep the body in alignment and to have optimal health you need regular manipulations. This also is a very controversial issue among their own, as to how much care is needed and how often. It of course, would depend on your physical condition. Some chiropractors believe that you need to have treatment up to 3 times a week for an extended period, while others believe that in most cases a few treatment should relieve your pain and put your body back into alignment. Then just regular follow-up maintenance appointments, possibly monthly, is sufficient.
My suggestion is if you decide that chiropractic care is something that you believe could be useful to you, do your homework on whoever you are considering for treatment and get references as you would with any other health-care provider. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for many people, so make sure you get the best care possible!
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