What is Chiropractic?
On many occasions, I’ve talked to people with nerve pain, who tell me how they have a compressed nerve, or a slipped disc and how they are on pain meds and the medical doctor wants to do some surgical procedure.
I’ve also talked to people who had “complications” after these surgeries – often causing neuropathy or nerve damage.
Yet, I know that chiropractic is an easy and safe way to relieve these problems. I also know that through the years certain vested interests found it necessary to say bad things about chiropractic and get people to fear using a chiropractor.
So, here is some information about chiropractic to give those who don’t use or understand this form of health care some information.
This is a quote from the American Chiropractic Association:
“Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints*, Definition of neuromusculoskeletal: Describing the interactions between nerves, muscles and the skeleton
This pain includes but is not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”
How Chiropractic relates to pain
You might notice the comment of its effects on general health. Do you know that not all nerves are pain nerves and that a pinched nerve near the heart can cause problems? The amount of problems created by nerve impulses being stopped by misalignment of the musculoskeletal system is endless. It can affect any organ.
Chiropractors are actually Doctors of Chiropractic. They practice a drug-free, hands on approach to health care. They have diagnostic skills and can recommend exercises as well as provide nutritional help.
Chiropractors practice a procedure called “spinal manipulation” or “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose is to restore joint mobility by manually adjusting joints that are restricted as a result of tissue injury from a single traumatic or repetitive stresses.
When tissues are injured, they can undergo physical or chemical change that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissue will restore mobility which alleviates the pain and muscle tightness and allow the tissue to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider if chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is both safe and effective.
A CHIROPRACTIC POEM….
CHIROPRACTIC IS A SCIENCE
… it heals the sick, helps the suffering, and keeps the well from suffering and disease.
CHIROPRACTIC IS AN ART
…through sensitized touch and deepened knowledge it discovers and corrects the cause of disease.
CHIROPRACTIC IS A PHILOSOPHY
…it believes that the life of man is an expression of infinite Life.
CHIROPRACTIC IS A PROFESSION
…it has a duty to perform in maintaining its code of ethics and an obligation to practice freely and unhindered for the good of all mankind.
CHIROPRACTIC IS A WAY OF LIFE
…it believes that every man has a right to health, a will to happiness, and the capacity to live fully and richly and in harmony with a Nature that is both creative and kind.
– Marcus Bach
(author, philosopher, and friend of D.D. and B.J. Palmer, founders and developers of Chiropractic)
Frequently Asked Questions
Read an article on Posture & Alignment & a review of a Book on Posture
What Chiropractic Can Do
I recently had a 77 year old patient. I last saw her 5 years ago for several visits. She came in with limited range of motion and pain in her right shoulder. No known injury brought this on.
When raising her arm she could not lift it in any direction above shoulder level. I saw her for 5 visits and she completely regained her range of motion and got rid of her mild back and neck pain.
After the visits mentioned she could bring her arm straight up in the air again. She had a full recovery in range of shoulder motion. We routinely get great results such as this.
Dr. Mike Spearman, D.C., Los Angeles, CA
Spearman Better Health Center