You may have heard many things about chiropractic care over the years. It is a branch of the medical profession that deals with the spine and vertebrae of the back. It is believed that many of the pains that we have in our back are due to problems with alignment in this area.
Maybe you’ve never thought about it, but the spine and its vertebral housing are major parts of your body. What if you looked at one of those goofy skeletons on Halloween and the backbone was missing? It wouldn’t look like a skeleton - only a pile of disconnected bones. The vertebrae are there for support, and the spine to supply the nerves that connect to the organs and tissues of your body.
In chiropractic care, manual manipulation of the spine and the vertebrae is done without surgical intervention. Chiropractic physicians believe that many of the ailments of the body arise from misalignment of the spine and framework of the body. With careful manipulation through an understanding of the anatomy, the spine can be realigned and pain alleviated.
Those in chiropractics care see people for a number of reasons. The first and foremost reason is back pain, but there are other ailments they can help with: frequent headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, joint pain and some conditions that are not related to the bones like asthma and allergies.
The main philosophy behind chiropractic medicine is that the body is always seeking to reach a point of balance. In biology class they use the term “homeostasis.” One system can affect another if there is something wrong with it. Since the nerves of the body originate on the spinal cord, if a nerve leading to the stomach is pinched, the function of the stomach can become faulty. Solving the spinal problem can solve the stomach problem.
Chiropractors are professionals who are trained for what they do. They learn to diagnose and properly care for patients with skeletal and spinal issues that can be resolved without surgery. Manipulating the spine is a precise and delicate maneuver and shouldn’t be done without knowledge of the area.
Proper alignment of the body is not something that you probably think about often, but chiropractic professionals do. Their job is to see if the cause of your pain or discomfort arises from this area and if it can be fixed without the need for entering the body. Millions of people have been helped by chiropractic healing.