How Chiropractic Care Works
The word “chiropractic” has its origins in the Greek language where it translates to something along the lines of practice with the hands.
In other words, it is a hands-on form of medicine that focuses on the misalignment of the joints, but particularly the spinal column.
Why the spine and neck?
A modern chiropractic expert believes that the body is a system controlled by the spinal cord, nerves and brain, and that any misalignment of the spinal vertebrae will cause subsequent malfunction of the other limbs, organs or tissues of the body, as a result.
In other words, chiropractors are experts in non-surgical, natural health care emphasizing treatments done without drugs or other medications. This is not to say they alternative providers but are instead primary health care providers.
Chiropractic treatment is recognized by Medicaid and Medicare as well as in Workers’ Compensation programs, and there are more than 84,000 practitioners in the U.S. alone.
Though known for specializing in the spine, chiropractors are some of the most frequently consulted for headache, joint pain, sciatica, and pain in the lower back and the neck. They are also consulted on shoulder issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, and conditions relating to the spinal discs, osteoarthritis, and tendon related concerns.
Today, many also visit chiropractors as part of their treatment for issues like fibromyalgia, allergies, digestive concerns and more.
Experts also point towards chiropractors for less common issues that can include blood pressure problems, mental clarity issues, organ function and even for healthier pregnancies.
Because it is a drug-free path to healing and improved health, it is often a treatment used on an ongoing basis or to identify the underlying causes for symptoms relating to other conditions.
In fact, during a comprehensive assessment, a patient may learn of other health issues not at all related to the spine but which manifest symptoms due to impact on the spine itself.
Trained to treat a diversity of concerns, a chiropractor can provide you with an array of benefits.