What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural healing art, aimed at treating root causes of health problems, rather than the symptoms. The symptoms, of course, are taken care of, but the focus of the art is on finding, reducing, and correcting spinal misalignments. These misalignments, or “subluxations,” cause dysfunction throughout the nervous system. Chiropractic focuses on the spinal column. Nerve signals should be able to flow freely through the column to all parts of the body. Subluxations lead to muscle and organ problems, pain, and other problems.


What Specific Conditions Can Chiropractors Treat?

As most of us know, pain is unmeasurable. Patients can relate the location and intensity of pain, but pain is not yet detectable with even the best of technology. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) work with patients to understand the pain, especially in the back and neck.

DCs also work with headache patients, and many injuries involving joints, ligaments, and muscles. These injuries connect with the nervous system. Because of that connection, the pain can spread beyond the injured area.

What Education and Training do Chiropractors Receive?
Chiropractic Doctors have spent at least eight years studying the art. As undergraduates, they follow a broad pre-medical program. In Chiropractic college, they spend four more years focusing on human anatomy, as well as related disciplines, including neurology and orthopedics. Supporting this education is training in exercise, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, and other aspects of clinical diagnosis.


The clinical, laboratory, and classroom commitment before certification as a Doctor of Chiropractic amounts to over 4,000 hours.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works to restore the body’s natural state.The nervous system governs much of the body’s health, and when it’s functioning well, your body—from organs to tissues to cells—can successfully resist ill health. Chiropractic finds and removes anything getting in the way of the nervous system’s functioning. It corrects any misalignment in the spinal column and focuses on other key places where the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system intersect.

What is a Joint Adjustment?

Sometimes called a chiropractic manipulation, the adjustment is a common treatment for lower back pain. In general, the adjustment involves the chiropractor manipulating the vertebrae which don’t function the way they should. This manipulation focuses on increasing function and range of movement, as well as reducing nerve irritability. The adjustment itself frequently involves a short, sharp thrust to a vertebra. This thrust should provide relief quickly—although it’s not always felt immediately.

What is the “Pop”?

Frequently, a joint manipulation or adjustment is accompanied by a “pop” from the affected joint. This pop is completely normal; it’s the release of gas under pressure in the joint.


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