The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 BC and 1500 BC mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 BC, also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, ‘Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases’.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive (without drugs or surgery) form of health care based on the principle that the body has the innate ability to heal itself when given what it needs.
Chiropractors work with your neuromusculoskeletal system to restore proper function. One’s health is either directly or indirectly controlled by the nervous system and interference within the nervous system (due to trauma or biomechanical instability) impairs normal function (dis-ease) and lowers resistance to disease. We work with you to achieve your health goals by establishing a personalized treatment plan.
Through chiropractic adjustments, nervous system interference due to abnormalities in the musculoskeletal relationships of the vertebrae (called subluxations) can be corrected. This allows the nervous system to function properly, enabling the body to self-regulate and self-heal through its own natural, recuperative powers.
We are highly skilled in the art of adjusting all the articulations of the body. Adjustments are gentle and specific physical maneuvers that can be applied safely to people of any age. We also work with every patient for proper exercise and conditioning for their individual health issue and situation. In the process of working with the patient through acute or chronic care, we may employ several physical therapy modalities, nutrition, stress management, and so on, always taking a holistic view of the your situation. When indicated, doctors of chiropractic consult, co-manage, or refer to other health care providers.
Scope of Practice
The Chiropractic Scope of Practice can differ from state to state. Here is a broad overview provided by the ACA:
“Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain, and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains.
However, the scope of conditions that Doctors of Chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors have the training to treat a variety of non-neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as: allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (non-suppurative), and other disorders as new research is developed.
A variety of techniques, treatment, and procedure are used to restore healing…”
American Chiropractic Association. Scope of Practice. www.acatoday.org. August 2013.
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