Chiropractic is an alternative complimentary medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of medical issues with the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractic was developed and first practiced in 1895 by DD Palmer of Davenport Iowa. Today it is practiced in over 100 countries worldwide and research in the field is growing. Chiropractic is something everyone can benefit from, children, elderly and even athletes find it beneficial.
Chiropractic as a holistic treatment is designed to not only focus on the back, and the cracking of bones, as many expect, but rather to assess the body's mechanical health. Since the body's mechanisms is driven by electrical and chemical signals from the brain and nerves, these areas are also important when considering why you have pain or discomfort. It is for these reasons that many people struggle to differentiate between a chiropractor and an osteopath.
Facts about Chiropractic
Chiropractic practice is the third largest health care profession, world wide, and it is the only alternative medical practice officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organization. Millions of people worldwide seek assistance. What may surprise you is the satisfaction rate; at 93% it is significantly higher than other medical fields.
What to Expect
Visiting a chiropractor is like visiting the doctor, and like visiting the doctor there is an element of trust that needs to be established quickly. One can not be comfortable in the company of a health practitioner if one does not implicitly trust said practitioner in their skill, knowledge and ability to execute their diagnosis properly. If it is back treatment you require, neck manipulation, hip re-alignment or perhaps orthotics for your feet, your chiropractor will advise you on this.
Active Release- Soft tissue technique aimed at improving joint and muscle function.
Diversified Technique- One technique that takes years to master and involves the adjustment of each joint of the body.
Activator Technique- One of the few chiropractic techniques that utilizes a mechanical device called the activator. This device allows the practitioner to apply consistent low force thrust.
SOT- A technique that uses gravity to realign the pelvis with the rest of the body. Low force.
If you are experiencing pain in your joints or other areas of the body a visit to a Chiropracticor could be just what the doctor ordered. Many people do not realize that chiropractic is not just a technique to address back pain, in fact your chiropractor will often work with you on disease prevention, proper exercise and even nutritional concerns. It really is an alternative medicine that takes the whole body into account.