What is the origin of chiropractic?
Physical manipulation of the spine and skeleton has been in practice throughout the world for hundreds of years. Hippocrates, often referred to as the "Father of Healing," described and outlined methods of treating illness this way. It was not until 1895 that modern chiropractic utilized the precise spinal adjustment to reduce misalignments of the body. This discovery was made by D.D. Palmer a "healer" and scientist in Iowa. Palmer's development of the method for the adjustment of specific vertebrea in a systematic fashion is what distinguishes scientific chiropractic from gross manipulations of earlier days.
How is a chiropractor credentialed?
Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) must complete a 4-year bachelor's degree, followed by 4 intensive years of chiropractic school, which includes at least 900 hours of work in a chiropractic clinic. After graduating, a D.C. must pass written and oral exams at the national and state levels.
Is chiropractic scientifically based?
The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles. The nervous system is the link between the brain and the body. Spinal misalignment puts pressure on the nervous system, which can disrupt communication to the body's organs and limbs leading to pain, discomfort, tingling sensation, numbness, and even headaches. The existanceof the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic.
I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I'll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?
The initial goal of chiropractic care is to eliminate your pain and rehabilitate your injured tissues. After that, it is recommended that you maintain a schedule of regular spinal check-ups. Chiropractic is likened to dentistry in that most people, who want to maintain good oral hygiene and health, go for maintenance care their entire lives. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, and minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
Does chiropractic treat any other problems except back problems?
The D.C.is an effective therapist for preventative and wellness care. The anatomical focus of the D.C. on the human spine has created the perception of the D.C. as just a "back doctor." Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is very much incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are a valuable resource in matter of work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, and postural correction. Chiropractors can also provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders, including conditions of the joints and of extremities like the ankle, knee, and shoulder.
Could I be hurt by chiropractic care? Is it really safe?
The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States. Complications are extremely rare; one in 1 to 3 million.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It is an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning and balanced body. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient's size, weight, age, and condition of health.