According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractic is a science, philosophy, and art founded by D.D. Palmer. On September 18th, 1895, Dr. Palmer adjusted the misaligned vertebrae of a deaf man who subsequently regained his hearing. Dr. Palmer initially thought he found the cure for deafness, but later realized he discovered something much greater – that the removal of nerve interference (subluxation) allows the body to express its inherent recuperative power.
The nerve system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The brain is divided into sections and stores and receives enormous quantities of information. This information needs a way to get in and out. Nerves provide a pathway for this information to travel, and the spinal cord is made up of bundles of these nerves. The spine both houses and protects the spinal cord. Since your nerve system coordinates and controls every tissue, cell, and organ in your body, it is important to make sure that it is working at its optimum.
Nerve dysfunction can result from physical, emotional, and chemical stresses such as the birth process, poor diet, poor posture, emotional strain, car wrecks, falls, etc. The environment and lifestyles overwhelm bodies causing them to adapt to a sickly, diseased state. Regular adjustments removing nerve dysfunction can help break that pattern and allow you to more fully experience wellbeing.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to locate the source of the interference (subluxation)— which may be far from the actual location where the symptoms are occurring— and then adjust the body and allow it to heal on its own.
The type of adjustment used by the chiropractor is based on the practice member’s unique needs and spinal biomechanics. Using this information and a personal history, the chiropractor develops an individual course of care. The important thing to remember is that chiropractic success occurs by addressing the source of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
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