About Chiropractic


Chiropractic health care is a branch of the healing arts which is based on the scientific principle that our nervous system controls or influences the function of all 11 trillion interconnected cells in our body.  The term "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek words "cheiro" and "praktikos" meaning "done by hand".  It is a total and preventive approach to health, focusing on wellness rather than disease.  The chiropractic philosophy has been described as holistic, or wholistic, in that it treats the body as a whole - a network of complicated systems that can effect each other profoundly. A chiropractic prescription for health often includes chiropractic adjusting, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory therapies, dietary changes, lifestyle modification, exercise, and stress reduction.

The chiropracticadjustment is one of the chiropractor's primary tools. Using this technique, the chiropractor gently and skillfully directs a specific force to restore normal range of motion to a joint which is being restricted by muscles or fibrous adhesions. Normal function is restored by eliminating abnormal nerve signals caused by the restriction. Once normal motion is restored, other body systems which have compensated for the problem can begin to return to normal. Chiropractic adjustment triggers the release of natural painkillers known as endorphins; and swelling, inflammation, and pain can reduce significantly after adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment may affect the body at some distance from the point of adjustment: chronic headaches, for example, may be relieved after an adjustment of the vertebrae of the neck or the lower back. Because chiropractic's approach is conservative and designed to be as noninvasive as possible, it may take several adjustments on several days to restore balance.

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Doctors of chiropractic provide highly specialized care for musculoskeletal conditions and they identify and correct vertebralsubluxations. They also serve as teachers as they educate patients about the power of the body to regulate and heal itself. And, they act as coaches who encourage sound health and wellness habits. Chiropractors use a natural, drugless, non-surgical approach to health care. They consider all aspects of the patient's life: family history, work, lifestyle, environment, diet, exercise and the patient's physical and emotional stress factors. They place special emphasis on the care of the spine.

Many health care providers face patients who dread coming to their offices, fearful of a painful procedure or suspected bad news about their health. Although the practitioners know the service they provide is important, these negative interactions can decrease work satisfaction. Chiropractors are fortunate in this regard because the procedures they perform are never invasive. A trip to the chiropractor is much like a trip to the health club - an enjoyable and rewarding activity you do because you value your health. Because people continue with regular care for its long-term benefits, chiropractors also build close relationships with patients over time.

Chiropractors incorporate the chiropractic adjustment into their treatment to restore normal motion and alignment to the spine and extremity articulations. Normal function is then restored, allowing the natural healing mechanisms in the body to function properly.
Chiropractors also recognize the significance of the mind-body connection, and take the influence of stress very seriously when planning a way to treat a condition.

Since the chiropractor facilitates the patient in becoming healthy, it is imperative that the patient cooperate and take responsibility for their healing.