Chiropractic Science is SO much more than a Manual Adjustment

Even though spinal adjustments and manual manipulations do dominate the landscape of a chiropractor, this approach has been successful in dealing with arthritis, headaches, constipation, asthma, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, sciatica, ear infections and high blood pressure. Chiropractic care has prevented some invasive surgeries and has helped with childbirth.

The science of chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer. Palmer performed a chiropractic adjustment on a gentleman who was deaf in one ear and his hearing was restored. The word spread quickly about a new method of healing based on the nerves in the spine. Chiropractic science is based on the nervous system. It is an art, a science and a philosophy. The fundamental belief is that misalignments in the spine result in both pain and manifestations of health-related negative symptoms. Our body is one massive electrical system that communicates with neurotransmitters, chemicals, hormones and other messengers. Spinal realignments can make these elements easier to communicate to each other.

The art of chiropractic science starts with the doctor knowing the 55 established techniques in applying adjustments and treatment. Then there are specialties from there such as exercise medicine, pediatrics, functional neurology and wellness care. The beauty of the chiropractic approach is that it is drug-free. Years of studying and training is necessary to be a licensed and practicing chiropractic doctor. The foundation is anatomy and physiology, radiology, stress management, understanding nutrition and finally a holistic health approach to treatments. This requires four years of school in which extensive hands-on training is provided in learning the proper diagnosis and the appropriate treatments.

How does the spine actually become misaligned? Any kind of physical trauma like falling is an easy starting point. Taut and tight muscles can create spinal issues as can an unhealthy diet. Poor eating habits and bad diet choices can cause an inflammation that isn’t visible to the eye. Stress is a frequent contributor as is degeneration of the spine with aging. The discs in the spine will show wear and tear with time and become thinner also. With that having been said, you do not have to be aging for a chiropractic adjustment. Children, with much lighter manual pressure, can benefit from a chiropractic treatment. In fact, a well-adjusted child can fight off sickness better as well as being less susceptible to injuries.

A common patient for a chiropractic doctor is a professional athlete. They have proven that they have improvements in their athletic performance. This is from an increased range of motion and a heightened awareness of how their body moves. The latter, called proprioception, actually decreases injuries. Often times the immune system is improved with chiropractic adjustments increasing respiratory function. This art and philosophy of chiropractic science has been classified as an alternative medicine. The manual adjustments of the spine, joints and soft tissues may also include valuable and needed counseling on exercises, overall health and lifestyle choices. Back and neck pain are the leading candidates for chiropractic therapy with the highest level of quantifiable success.

There are NO Age Restrictions in Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic therapy is becoming a nice complimentary approach in dealing with young children, remembering to allow your pediatrician to be their primary physician. Think about the trauma a newborn goes through making their way through the birth canal. Pediatric chiropractic care is a gentle approach to realigning your infant’s spine after this trauma and allowing for improved digestion. Chiropractic care wouldn’t be your first choice if your infant has an ear infection, pneumonia, or strep throat but can aid in the prevention of these illnesses along with being proven beneficial in treating infants with colic. Colic, which is characterized by excessive crying, is often severe and fluctuating pain in the child’s abdomen caused by intestinal gas or an obstruction in the intestines. Soft spinal manipulations have resolved this condition quickly.

The Chiropractic profession is a discipline grounded in the general health of the nervous system. The primary focus is the spine with the massive amount of nerves found here. It is also an art and a philosophy based on a drug-free approach. Education consists an undergraduate degree followed by four years of studying anatomy and physiology as well as nutrition and radiology concluding in stress management and holistic health treatments. While in chiropractic school a chiropractic doctor will get extensive hands-on training learning proper diagnosis and the 55 established adjustment techniques. This training includes infants and children.

Most chiropractic doctors would recommend taking the infant or child to the primary physician first from a medical standpoint to see if the treatment is serious enough to come from that office. In fact, 17% of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18 and of that 17% almost half are five years old or younger. Chiropractic care is growing in the field of pediatrics. It can become an essential part of the child’s overall wellness. Chiropractic adjustments call allow the child’s nervous system and spine to grow optimally without any interference.

The human body is a complex electrical system that communicates via chemical messengers, neurotransmitters and hormones to mention a few. Spinal realignments have reduced bed wetting, asthma and allergies. It can improve the immune system of the child as well as the digestive system. Limiting colic was mentioned earlier and it can also limit constipation. With optimal nervous system communication, it can even encourage brain development. A chiropractor performing an adjustment of a pediatric patient is aware of the fact that the spine is far more flexible with the cartilage and the growth plates. An adult high velocity, low amplitude thrusting adjustment will be replaced with just light thumb pressure. Gentle touches have a calming effect on the infant or child.

Chiropractic care is an alternative approach but in dealing with pediatric patients it is a valuable compliment. The philosophy may introduce other joint manipulation and soft tissues but also include the value of exercise and counseling for both health and lifestyle concerns. What better time to introduce the benefits of a good diet than in childhood? Or to make the child aware of stress and the negative health symptoms that come from the inability to handle stress.

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