The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) and literally means “done by hand.” Instead of prescribing drugs or performing surgeries, chiropractors use manual treatments of the spine and joints, laser therapy, exercise therapy, therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy and lifestyle changes to allow the body’s natural state of health to fully manifest. Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, chiropractic attempts to improve the health of the individual in an effort to avoid illness in the first place. Chiropractic care provides an alternative to traditional medicine, helping people achieve and maintain optimal health.
What is Chiropractic Care
One of the main causes of pain and disease is the misalignment and abnormal motion of the vertebrae in the spinal column, called a subluxation. Chiropractors remove these subluxations in the spine with “adjustments,” by applying a quick thrust to the misaligned vertebra, thereby relieving pressure and nerve irritation, restoring joint mobility, and returning the body to a state of normal function. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas that sounds like a ‘crack.’ The sound sometimes shocks people a bit the first couple times they get adjusted, but the sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during the chiropractic procedure.
Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments for back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, sports injuries and many other types of musculoskeletal problems.
While chiropractic care is best known for pain relief, it plays a vital role in overall health and wellness. All body systems connect to the nervous system. By restoring the nervous system to optimal function, chiropractic care creates an environment within the body conducive to optimal health and wellness. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce high blood pressure, decrease the frequency of childhood ear infections, improve the symptoms of asthma, and prevent and alleviate illness.