The actual profession of chiropractic - as a distinct form of health care - dates back to 1895. However, some of the earliest healers in the history of the world understood the relationship between health and the condition of the spine. Hippocrates advised: "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases."
Herodotus, a contemporary of Hippocrates, gained fame curing diseases by correcting spinal abnormalities through therapeutic exercises. If the patient was too weak to exercise, Herodotus would adjust the patient's spine. The philosopher Aristotle was critical of Herodotus' tonic-free approach because, "he made old men young and thus prolonged their lives too greatly."
But the treatment of the spine was still crudely and misunderstood until Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer discovered the specific spinal adjustment. He was also the one to develop the philosophy of Chiropractic Care which forms the foundation for the profession. Today it is practiced as an art, a philosophy (way of life) and a science - with more and more studies being done daily to show the efficacy and life changes available to the world's population through Chiropractic Care.
Chiropractors believe that interference with the body's muscular, nervous and skeletal systems (especially the spine or vertebrae) impairs many important body functions and lowers resistance to disease. These interferrences are called "subluxations" and are what chiropractors are affecting in their practice. A great emphasis is placed on keeping the spine functioning properly to release tension in the connected muscles, joints and nerves. Such care not only helps problems in the back but in the entire nerve system. In fact, spinal adjustments can aid in the healing of a wide spectrum of symptoms including headaches, menstrual cramps, allergies, asthma, stomach disorders, and arm, hand, and leg pain.
Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.s) use a wide variety of techniques, including low-force and the more traditional structural movements to adjust the spinal column with easy, manual thrusts to help release stored tension in the spinal structures. There are several different theories within the profession regarding which methods to use. Any licensed chiropractor has been through 4 years of rigorous post-graduate curriculum and clinical study.
Chiropractic Care has always been on the cutting edge of the wellness movement, which is finally taking root in this country. Chiropractors are concerned with a patient's overall well-being and recognize that many factors affect health, including stress, exercise, diet, rest, environment, and heredity. Chiropractors use drugless, non-surgical health treatments and rely heavily on the body's ability to heal itself.
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