Chiropractic care has both the advantages of a noninvasive approach, based on the natural powers of recovery of the human body, and those of a rigorous scientific basis. Nearly one in every two American has already consulted a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiropractic, which celebrated its centenary in 1995, is now one of the top three occupations in the health world. Disorders such as musculoskeletal diseases are among the most common causes of chronic disability. They were the second highest expenditure on health.
However, chiropractic has proven effective in correcting deficiencies related to the neuromusculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and nervous system), biomechanical problems, affecting posture, mobility and muscle tone, and inflammatory pain. Athletes and sedentary workers and professionals, from infants to the elderly, everyone can use and benefit from chiropractic care for their curative and preventive benefits.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic considers the human being as a whole and focuses on the integrity of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, in conjunction with all other body systems, healthy or sick, paying particular attention to the spine.
The chiropractor is concerned with the relationship between the musculoskeletal system, or joints and muscles, and nervous system, to prevent or correct through adjustments and handling, health problems. The natural powers of recovery of the human being, without medication or surgery, are solicited.
Origins and Goals of Chiropractic
In the late 19th century, an established Canadian in the U.S., Daniel David Palmer, who previously practiced magnetism, developed this method, based on its success in spinal manipulation, which already found references in the writings of Hippocrates and Galen. In this way, our ancestors knew that the “butting” is gifted to reset the bones in place.
Palmer helped make this practice accessible and practical for many individuals. The Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first educational institution, was founded in 1902. These days; doctors of chiropractic are trained at the University.
Palmer had included in his method the concept of “innate intelligence”, thus defining the body’s inherent ability to regulate itself and heal, and anatomical and physiological knowledge of its time. To him, the normal functioning of the nervous system was the key to homeostasis and health. As malposition of a vertebra (subluxation) exerts pressure on the nerve and thus impedes the flow of nerve impulses, which affects the muscles and organs concerned, its adjustment resolved the cause of symptoms.
Over time, the concept of ‘vertebral subluxation complex’ became clear. We realized that the loss of joint movement results in decreased activity of nerve receptors whose function is to stimulate the brain, resulting in the long term symptoms (pain, gastric and respiratory problems, muscle twitching, weakness and block joints, inflammation, numbness, loss of sensation, etc.). In fact, the goal of chiropractic through the mobilization of the joint and, hence, by stimulating the nervous system activity, is to preserve or regain a general equilibrium.