Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily of the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient.
Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation. A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed and managed through the use of chiropractic procedures based on the best available rational and empirical evidence.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring normal joint function through soft tissue and joint manipulation. Restoration of normal biomechanical function affects other systems of the body as well thus improving your state of health in many ways.
What do you call a health practitioner who practices chiropractic?
Licensed chiropractors are entitled, by law and education, to use the title of "Doctor of Chiropractic." Those who practice chiropractic are also called "chiropractic physician" or simply, "Chiropractor."
What does a Doctor of Chiropractic do?
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a health care provider who considers the human an integrated being but gives special attention to spinal mechanics, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular and nutritional relationships. A Doctor of Chiropractic must be able to carefully diagnose, evaluate and deliver the proper care so that the body regains and maintains health.
What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Chiropractors receive expert knowledge of the body through the study of basic sciences, clinical sciences, body mechanics, and chiropractic techniques. The study of chiropractic emphasizes anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, x-ray, and spinal adjusting techniques.
With Diversified Adjusting a quick thrust is used which is usually accompanied by a "popping" sound as the pressure is released from the joint. This is also called manual adjusting. It is safe and the patient usually feels more relaxed and has greater range of motion after the adjustment.
With Cox Flexion Distraction Technique the patient lies face-down on a specially-designed table, which can be moved in several different directions. The doctor will hold a spinous process (the back part of the vertebra that feels like a "bump" on your spine) to isolate a single segment for treatment. A distraction or traction manipulation is applied manually by the doctor to the patient's low back at the level(s) of the spine to be treated. There is no “popping” involved in this type of adjustment, it feels like a stretch. This type of adjusting is very useful in treating disc bulges/herniations and sciatica.
With Activator Adjusting a hand-held instrument is used to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments, this feels like a thump on your spine. This technique is more gentle. It is an effective alternative for patients who are uncomfortable with manual adjusting.
Soft Tissue Technique focuses on stretching affected muscles. Certain injuries, such as sprains and strains, involve muscles that already are overstretched. In such situations, an appropriate method would be Positional Release, which involves addressing trigger points and placing muscle fibers in a position that is more comfortable for the patient.