What is it?
Chiropractic focuses on properly aligning the body's structures primarily the spine to allow for natural healing. The philosophy of Chiropractic is drug free pain care aimed at the source of the pain and correction of root causes not symptom relief. Every Chiropractic Method is based on correcting spinal dysfunction with spinal manipulations to restore neurologic balance to the body. Chiropractic is part of holistic healthcare and thus believes wellness is achieved by taking the entire body into account during care. Chiropractors will educate their patients on lifestyle modifications to prevent disease.
Why Chiropractic Care?
The nervous system controls all of the body's functions, and depends on the vertebrae in your spine to protect it. When your vertebrae are out of line, they can prohibit optimal operation of the nervous system, which can lead to various physical problems. Having the power to correct communication between the brain and the body via the nervous system has proven a useful tool in healthcare. People visit a Chiropractor for almost any condition of the musculoskeletal system. It is obviously the first place to go when you are in pain. The first visit most Chiropractors can perform an assessment of the condition and begin treatment the same day. In most cases immediate relief begins on the first day and in a reasonable amount of time complete relief can be obtained. Most importantly the relief is coming from correction of the root causes of pain. Chiropractic does not use band aid techniques to cover pain, instead we are looking to make lasting corrections.
Is Chiropractic Care safe?
Chiropractic treatments are incredibly safe—actually, they're one of the safest kinds of medical care available. And your chiropractor has studied extensively to fully understand the body's systems. The chiropractic training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited doctors of chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic.
What problems can it address?
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat allergies, headaches, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder pain, numbness, leg pain, scoliosis, and other health issues.
For more information, see the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.