What Is Chiropractic?

What is chiropractic and what does a chiropractor do? Being clear on the role chiropractic plays in health can explain how it can address health challenges faced by many. Without this basic understanding - theory, word of mouth, limited experience and marketing can be confusing and lead to misconceptions. By becoming informed about the role of chiropractic care in health you can decide if it right for you, and clearly identify if your goals can be met.

The chiropractor's primary focus is on the spine, and other joints of the body, as well as the role the nervous system has in spinal misalignment. When bones in the spine (vertebrae) misalign, this can cause pain and interfere with the proper functioning of the nervous system. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to adjust the spine to help regain and restore joint mobility and function for pain management and to help support the nervous system. Adjustment techniques vary in adjusting location, force, and specificity - making it important to have an initial consultation with a new chiropractor to understand up front what you can expect from their particular method of chiropractic care. Not all Chiropractors adjust the same way, or even the same spinal locations. They all possess a Chiropractic degree, are all licensed by their State and must obtain continuing education throughout their career.

The role of the chiropractor is not to help with (“cure”) disease, nor instant pain relief - though this can and often does occur during the course of care; but rather, the goal of chiropractic is to return the individual to a normal, natural state. When this goal is achieved, the neurological and mechanical processes of the body have the potential to function optimally again. The body does really heal itself - Chiropractic care promotes the natural state, or homeostasis, of the body so that it can begin to regenerate and heal. This healing has a twofold effect - the realignment of the spine can restore normal join motion which in turn can reduce pain. In addition, and surprisingly, it can also restore neurological functioning that has been impaired due to spinal issues. There are no symptoms or diseases that chiropractic care treats, but a highly functioning nervous system can in turn allow all bodily process and functions to perform at their best - possibly eliminating long time discomfort and symptoms.