WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC? According to the General Chiropractic Council, chiropractic is “a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.”
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CHIROPRACTIC SESSION?
Typically the chiropractor will ask about your symptoms, your general health and previous health challenges or symptoms. He or she will give you an examination and examine your spine and posture. The chiropractor will try to determine your source of discomfort or pain, and might choose to x-ray your spine. The initial assessment is typically 45 minutes to 60 minutes. The chiropractor will most likely describe a plan of treatment for you and may give you a spinal adjustment. If you are asked to undress you should be offered a gown.
The chiropractor uses a variety of manual techniques with the main technique being spinal manipulation. He or she might manipulate, muscles, bones, and joints around the spine. Usually this is not painful but there many be some discomfort around the joint. If you have significant discomfort, tell your doctor immediately. You may hear loud sounds during manual manipulation. This is a normal part of manual manipulation.
WHAT IS THE THEORY AND HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer. D.D. Palmer was a grocer, a magnetic healer and was interested in phrenology (diagnosing disease based on the bumps of the skull) and spiritualism. It is believed that Palmer discovered the principle of chiropractic when he allegedly cured a janitor of his deafness by manipulating his cervical spine (the neck). However, this may or may not be true since the hearing mechanism is not connected to the nerve passageways in the neck.
The term “chiropractic,” is translated to mean “done by hand” and was created by Palmer. Palmer created the subluxation theory based on the principle that all disease is caused by subluxated bones, which 95% of the time are spinal bones, and which disrupt the flow of energy to the various areas of the body. Palmer didn’t not base any of his ideas on research, but rather went directly to treating patients and to creating a school for training chiropractors in his methods.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELP?
Chiropractic treatment has been very helpful to people all around the world for the management and relief of a variety of problems such as:
- Back and Neck conditions
- Leg Pain
- Knee, foot and ankle pain
- Shoulder and elbow pain
- Arm and wrist pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Sleep disorders
- Repetitive Stress Disorders
- Stress and Tension Disorders
- and other Chronic Injuries
HOW EFFECTIVE IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT
Research studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of of Chiropractic treatment for migraine headaches, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders and other disorders. Patient satisfaction surveys and research studies have been conducted to determine customer satisfaction on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care has a high success rate among patient satisfaction, and show that 90% of patients feel that their treatment has been effective.
Have you had success with chiropractic treatment? Are you a chiropractic doctor? Maybe there is something that is not on the list that you would like to add. Feel free to share your experiences.
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This article is written by Jean Voice Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University. Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.
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