The chiropractic profession was
founded in 1895 by a man named D. D. Palmer, who developed a concept that
the body has an internal power to heal itself. By choice, chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, and instead utilize natural approaches to allow the body
to heal. Chiropractors treat primarily the spine and its attachments to restore
function and health. They are facilitators of health and utilize a variety of
approaches, including adjustments, physical therapeutic modalities, exercise
routines, nutritional recommendations, orthotics and daily living
modifications. There are roughly 70,000 doctors of chiropractic who are
concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many disorders of
the body. They treat a variety of conditions, ranging from back and neck pain
to shoulder, hand, or feet disorders. Doctors of chiropractic are fully
accredited and licensed in every state and have become well- accepted as a
complimentary healthcare providers.
How Can Chiropractic Help You?
Chiropractic philosophy differs dramatically from the
traditional medical philosophy of health. The medical establishment believes
that drugs can bring a body back to a healthy state.
Organs are sometimes removed or transplanted to keep the system 'functioning'.
This approach to health is termed an OUTSIDE-IN approach, because external
factors such as drugs and surgery are used to treat a condition.
Chiropractic philosophy, on the other hand, proposes that
your body’s intelligence system flows via the nervous system to organs, tissue,
and every last cell of your body. Since the human body is designed to self-heal
and self-regulate, a blockage in the nervous system, in the form of subluxation;
will impair the “signal flow” along the nerve paths. This causes malfunction
in the body, eventually resulting in disease.
The chiropractic approach is to stimulate the body - through adjustments - to
correct itself naturally and without the sometimes harmful external influences.
This approach to health is termed an INSIDE-OUT approach.
Chiropractic treatment neither removes nor adds anything to the body. It
stimulates self-healing, the way our bodies were designed to overcome disease