What is Chiropractic?
The science of Chiropractic is based on the law of homeostasis – a state of physiological equilibrium within an organism produced by the proper functioning of its parts. It focuses on the anatomy of the body – its innate ability to heal itself and the interconnectedness of every internal function in maintaining whole-body health.
The primary control center of this network is the nervous system, which flows through and can be manipulated by the 24 vertebrae of the spinal column. The vertebrae are divided into three classes – Cervical (C), Thoracic (T), and Lumbar (L). By understanding the role that each vertebrae within the spinal column plays, a doctor of Chiropractic, otherwise known as a Chiropractic Physician, can affect the way the body responds and restore a balance that facilitates its own healing system.
The Chiropractic approach to healthcare is natural, emphasizing the components involved in a patient’s overall health and well-being – including diet, exercise, environment, stress level and hereditary factors.
The Chiropractic approach is non-surgical and drug-free. As with their treatments, doctors of Chiropractic address not only the source of pain an individual experiences, but the patient’s overall state of health and the factors surrounding it. They work with the individual to devise a treatment consistent with diet and exercise for optimal results.
In order to gain the best understanding of a patient’s condition, a patient’s medical history is obtained, along with their daily emotional and physical activity, neurological and orthopedic examinations when indicated and sometimes laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images.