Many cultures have traditions of bone setters, and histories of spinal manipulation. The first Chiropractic adjustment was given in Davenport, Iowa in 1895 by a magnetic healer named D.D Palmer. It was said to have restored the hearing of the janitor of Dr. Palmer’s building.
Chiropractic literally means to practice with the hands. It comes from the Greek word chiro meaning hand, and practic, meaning to practice. It is primarily concerned with the nervous system and the spine. The Chiropractor uses the transverse processes and spinous processes of the vertebrae as levers to manipulate the spine.
Chiropractic philosophy is based upon the triad of health, which maintains that there is a structural, chemical, and emotional aspect of health. This is a dynamic model with each component capable of affecting another. Chiropractors strongly believe in the innate healing capabilities of the body and seek to utilize the bodies own innate wisdom to bring about true healing.
Basic tenets of Chiropractic philosophy maintain that disease may be caused by disturbances of the nervous system. Disturbances of the nervous system may be caused by derangements of the musculoskeletal system. Disturbances of the nervous system may cause or aggravate disease processes in various parts or functions of the body.
The job of the Chiropractor is to locate and manipulate areas of the spine termed subluxations. A subluxation is a joint stuck either in place or out of place and affects not only the health of the spinal joints, but also has larger neurological implications. The goal is to correct subluxations and the neurological and physiological changes which result via the Chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractors undergo a vigorous four year education program with emphasis on anatomy, histology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, clinical studies and diagnostics, and Chiropractic technique and philosophy. In addition to the sciences, Chiropractors must also complete a two term clinical program. Standardized tests are given throughout the education by a national governing body.
Chiropractic is about balancing the nervous system to allow optimum health.
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