Chiropractic is a health-care discipline that is based on the premise that good health care depends,
in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. When body structures such as cells and organs are functioning normally, a
state of health or normal physiology exists. However, when the body's physiology is abnormal, the potential for a disease state
exists. That is to say that abnormal physiology and function predispose the body to disease.
The spinal cord has 31 pairs of spinal nerves which exit from the spinal column. The spine provides protection, mobility, and weight bearing support for our upright position. Irritation to the nerves can occur when spinal and other joints are compromised and not functioning properly. An irritation or compromise of a nerve can affect the health of the cells and tissues it supplies and cause pain, dysfunction, and deterioration of those tissues, or of the nerve itself.
Your chiropractor is highly trained to evaluate the biomechanical insults that your body endures from overuse, poor posture, accidental injuries, inherited weaknesses, and other causes, and offer treatment to correct or improve the state of your health. Treatment usually involves physical techniques such as manipulation (adjustments) of the joints plus the use of physiotherapy modalities (inferential current, ultrasound, laser stimulation, etc.) and you may also be counseled regarding corrective exercises, posture, and nutrition habits.
Many people think that chiropractors treat mainly orthopedic type conditions, such as backache, sciatica, shoulder/arm/neck pain, headache, whiplash, and disc problems. Indeed there is substantial evidence, and authoritative medical research advises, that for these conditions one should try chiropractic treatment first . The art of manipulation of the spine and extremities has been valued by patients and doctors since the time of Hippocrates. Other functional disorders such as those that involve organs and internal glands of the body may also, in some cases, respond to chiropractic care. Your doctor of chiropractic would be pleased to discuss your conditions with you to determine if care may be appropriate in your individual case.
Extremely. Best evidence suggests that chiropractic treatment may be 10,000 times safer than taking over the counter pain remedies.