What is Chiropractic Care?
The practice of chiropractic care is the utilization of the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures of the body, the spinal column and the nervous system, in the restoration and maintenance of health, in connection with which patient care is conducted with due regard to first aid, hygienic, nutritional and rehabilitative procedure and the specific vertebral adjustment and the manipulation of articulations and adjacent tissues of the body.
Chiropractic is the second largest of the three primary health care provider segments in the United States. In order of size, based on the number of practitioners and public use, they are the medical, chiropractic and osteopathic branches of the healing arts.
What Makes the Chiropractic Approach Different?
Chiropractic is an approach to health care that relies on the body’s inherent and natural recuperative powers — a healing science that places emphasis on maintaining the structural integrity of the body — a method of healing treatment that is conservative and that does not use drugs or surgery.
The chiropractic approach to human health is based on the premise that the relationship between structure and function in the human body is a significant health factor and that relationships between the spinal column and the nervous system contribute to the disease process.
What does a Chiropractor Do?
A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is a physician who considers man an integrated being but gives special attention to spinal mechanics, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular and nutritional relationships. Through their education, D.C.s are qualified to treat a large variety of health problems.
A chiropractic physician is considered a primary health care provider, and as such, a portal of entry to our health care delivery system. The chiropractic physician offers a natural, drugless, and non-surgical approach to health care and readily refers to the allopathic (M.D.) physician when drugs or surgery are indicated.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic can relieve pain from a variety of conditions, symptoms and / or diseases, including but not limited to:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Injuries from a traumatic event