What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment, due to improper nervous function.
Chiropractic looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs or chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly. When the bones of the spinal column are out of alignment or are not moving properly, it can put undo pressure on the nerves and/or muscles resulting in pain, weakness, headaches, numbness and internal problems such as poor digestion or stomach problems. Chiropractors administer specific spinal adjustments to align the vertebrae and take the pressure off of the spinal nerves, allowing the body to function at it's highest potential.
All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. Other treatments may include:
• Herbal therapy
• Heat/cold therapy
• Electric muscle stimulation
• Exercise programs and instruction
• Physical rehabilitation
While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. At A Healing Space, our two Chiropractors, Barbara Robertson, D.C. and Adam Drapkin, D.C. work with Naturopath, Rachel Gross, N.D. and a Medical Doctor/Acupuncturist, Tom Etges, M.D. on staff, and have close relationships with physical therapists for when referrals are indicated.
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