Chiropractic care has been around for over 100 years, however many people are not sure what chiropractors actually do and how it can help them.
The World Health Organisation defines chiropractic as an evidence based and hands on health care profession that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.
The word Chiropractic is derived from Greek words and means by hand. Spinal adjustments have a long history in various cultures across the globe but it was Daniel D. Palmer who founded modern chiropractic theory in the late 1800s.
Modern chiropractic is based on the principle that we are born healthy and not sick and the body can heal itself when the skeletal system is correctly aligned.
Chiropractors are experts on the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) and work with the bones (skeletal system) that protect it. The nervous system controls everything in the body. If there is a nerve interference, such as a subluxation, a chiropractor may improve or remove the disruption to allow strong communication from your brain to your body. Shifting from pain and disease to good health and well being.
Misalignments of the spine most commonly occur from accidents, injuries, overuse, traumas or postural stress. The smaller muscles around the spine and joints may be become tight to support the misalignment and therefore make the vertebrae seem “stuck”. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to help realign the spine, retraining the brain body connection.