What is Chiropractic?
The practice of chiropractic care enhances the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. Vertebrae protect the nervous system, the body’s communication super highway. When the bones are misaligned or have lost full range of motion, tissues and organs can malfunction throughout the body. A chiropractor uses a variety of methods to realign the spine, which releases pressure to the spinal cord and enables the body to perform at its greatest potential. Natural health is the primary focus of treatment within Chiropractic medicine.
The actual definition of chiropractic comes from the Greek word, “chiro” meaning hand, and “practic” meaning practice or operation. Even today much of chiropractic care uses hand treatments that manipulate the alignment of the spine into its rightful place, which allows the body to heal and correct itself. Treatments are prescribed through x-ray, spinal manipulation, and decompression. Often treatments are accompanied with physical therapy and exercise. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or conventional medicine.
Currently in the United States more than 84,000 Chiropractors provide service to over 30 million Americans each year. As primary health care providers, they are licensed in all 50 states and are recognized with governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation and more. With over 10,000 Chiropractic students currently enrolled, it is the fastest growing health care field in the nation!
People of all ages and with a myriad of health concerns have found health and wellness, and even lifestyle changes, through Chiropractic care. The most commonly recognized conditions are headaches, joint pain, lower back pain, sciatica and neck pain. Other health issues that can be treated include osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome sprains, tendonitis and strains. Surprising to most, Chiropractors also treat asthma, allergies, digestive disorders and some child issues like ear infections and bed wetting.