What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an all-natural health care profession that is
dedicated to non-drug and non-surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system and/or the nervous system.
Chiropractors will try to maintain alignment of spinal structures through manipulation
of the spinal column or its surrounding structures. By maintaining proper alignment of these structures the
nervous system will be allowed to function at an optimal level.
Most conditions that chiropractic care is used for include, but are not limited too:
low back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, arthritis pain, fibromyalgia, numbness and tingling in extremities, muscle
pain, sciatica, and many others. Most of these symptoms can be dampened
with chiropractic care.
Within medicine there are different categories of disease. For example, there are infectious diseases and
functional diseases. Examples of functional diseases would be diabetes, asthma, migraines, colitis, etc. These
diseases occur because the body has lost its normal function. Any form of health care that would improve function
would obviously help improve the chances to recover from these problems.
One of the positive side effects of a properly functioning nervous system is improved
ability to deal with stress. Stress contributes directly to most major diseases and also
is a factor in lowered resistance to infection. A person’s overall health would therefore be improved by making
sure their nervous system is capable of dealing with the stress of life.
Since the loss of function normally occurs before disease can develop and symptoms appear, we need to define
health correctly. The World Health Organization has adopted a definition that follows: “Health is a state of
optimal physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
To be healthy, you need more than to be symptom free. Having no symptoms doesn’t guarantee you are healthy.
If a person has a headache, which is a symptom, they can take aspirin
to remove the symptom. Aspirin deadens the ability for nerves to register pain. This however, does not correct the
cause of the problem. If the cause of the problem is not addressed, symptoms return. If the cause of the headache,
for example, is muscle tension caused by local irritated nerves then only by addressing the cause could you correct
the problem and become a healthier person.
If you address only symptoms, the cause remains. If you address the cause, not only do symptoms disappear, but
you also regain normal function and improve your health.