Science & Health

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine. Although a wide variety of ideas are shown by chiropractors, Chiropractors examine the structure and function of the spine, along with its effects on the nervous system and what they believe to be its role in health and disease (

Some chiropractors say spinal manipulation, which are called adjustments, can have an effect on lifetime ailments such as asthma. Chiropractic philosophy believes in a self healing body. They heavily suggest exercise, good eating habits, and  an overall healthy lifestyle (Dr. Santangelo).

So how did chiropractic ever get started? A man named Palmer thought that disfunction in the spine, which he called vertebral subluxations, interfered with how the body works and its ability to heal itself. This idea was later used by his son, B.J. Palmer, and was crucial in providing a base for showing the difference between chiropractic from regular medicine. Palmer said that the nervous system controlled health (Dr. Santangelo).

Chiropractic believes that that the healthcare system we have today is wrong. Putting things into the body to help heal the body will cause dysfunction throughout the nervous system. This will cause the nervous system to have to fight something else besides the unhealthy body. Instead, by just a few spinal adjustments, the nervous system will be helped in its fight against the unhealthy body.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. Patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment, just like any exercise, that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours (Dr. Santangelo).

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the skeletal dysfunction with in  the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may examine patients through examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other ways  to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  Chiropractors will tell their patients when chiropractic is not the way to deal with what they have. They will suggest other methods of treatment to help make the patient healthier.

Chiropractic care is a safe way to guarantee a healthier lifestyle. They offer many suggestions to get to the same goal. A healthier person. Today, many people trust the healthcare system without even knowing what it does. But, with chiropractic, the clinician’s first step is telling you about his practice.


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