Chiropractic

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skeletonChiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, on a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting the musculoskeletal area of the body that is functioning improperly.

The conditions chiropractors address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. 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-honoured 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. The spinal column is a series of movable bones that begins at the base of the skull and ends in the centre of the hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves form a complicated network that influences every living tissue in your body.

Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacement or derangement 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. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.

 

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