What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the art, science, and philosophy of natural healing. It concentrates on conservatively restoring or enhancing wellness without relying upon drugs and surgery. Its origins can be traced to the beginning of recorded history with ancient mentions of spinal manipulation and pain relief as far back as 2700 B.C. While chiropractic’s American roots go back more than 115 years, its basic premise of natural health dates back to spinal manipulations first used by the Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of healing, during the 4th century B.C. He wisely wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.
Although the appearance of painful symptoms may be the initial reason why many patients request healthcare, doctors of chiropractic do not treat symptoms. Chiropractors look for the source of dysfunction rather than attempting to mask the resulting pain. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection and correction of joint misalignments with subsequent nervous system dysfunction.
The spinal cord, a critical part of the central nervous system, is responsible for the transmission of messages to and from the brain. These nerve impulses are necessary to direct every part of the human body in proper function. A spinal or other joint malfunction can interrupt the transmission of these messages and affect the body’s nervous system causing muscle pain, organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic care is non-invasive. Therefore, the body’s response under the care of a chiropractor is far more predictable that its reactions to surgical procedures or drug treatments. News media and advertisements do much to propagate the long lists of drugs side effects and their frequent casualties as well as lawsuits for prescription drugs and medical implants. You will never see this with chiropractic treatment. There simply is a lack of any data concluding that chiropractic is in any way harmful or dangerous.
The procedures chiropractors use is exceedingly safe and efficient. Every day in America, nearly one million chiropractic adjustments are given. Complications are exceedingly rare, as is evidence by the negligible malpractice insurance rates paid by most chiropractic physicians. Insurance companies deem chiropractors many times safer than medical physicians prescribing pharmaceuticals.
What Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Do?
Adjusting a joint accomplishes several things. Remember that our body is a neuromusculockeletal marvel in that the nerves control the muscles which then move the bones. An adjustment affects the nerves, muscles, and joints in a very unique way. A simple explanation would be:
An adjustment stimulates sensory nerve receptors in the nervous system to block pain and to normalize transmission of sensory (in) and motor (out) nerve signals.
An adjustment stretches the surrounding muscles to relieve spasm and to restore proper motion, contraction, and joint stability
An adjustment briefly and gently separates the joint, which expands it and circulates joint fluid to promote and restore the normal range of motion.
An adjustment promotes faster healing by increasing lymph and blood flow to the area. Required nutrients are brought in, and wastes are transported out to restore the body’s natural ability to properly heal.
Muscle and nerve cells die without proper stimulation. The chiropractic adjustment is the most unique beneficial cellular stimulation known to man.
Is Chiropractic Care Expensive?
It is cheaper to routinely change your oil than to replace your engine. Damage control verse maintenance. Our society has misplaced its priorities and redefined its definitions of health and disease. We now have specialists who concentrate on diseases rather than health. This paradigm must change.
The clinical effectiveness of chiropractic has been documented by organizations completely unaffiliated with chiropractic and by published studies conducted according to the highest of scientific standards. Over and over, the conservative management of chiropractic physicians, resulting in highly significant cost savings to the consumer, could easily lessen many well-known healthcare burdens.
To answer the question of chiropractic’s expense, the monthly cost of pain medications coupled with their toll on your body or the overwhelming price tag associated with surgery leaves little doubt as to which is more affordable in the long run. Doctors of chiropractic provide highly effective, low-cost healthcare for wide ranges of conditions without the need for poisonous drugs or invasive surgeries, both of which carry heavy burdens of cost and complicated side effects.
What Causes The Sound That Often Accompanies An Adjustment?
Lubricating fluids and fibrous joint capsules separate and surround the bones of each joint. Some adjustments can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shifting against the surrounding joint capsules. This is completely harmless and very similar to removing a suction cup or opening a bottle of champagne. While the sound is interesting, it is not required for an effective adjustment.
How Often Do I Need Treatment?
Long-term pain or dysfunction seldom disappears instantaneously. Therefore, chiropractic care utilizes multiple visits for a progressive shift from pain relief, to rehabilitation, to optimal health. This allows time for your body to repair itself naturally. Remember that all processes require time. This natural approach helps you avoid the inherent dangers of medications and the rehabilitative recovery time often required by surgery.