is a health care profession that focuses on restoring homeostasis
through the restoration of joint mobility and reduction of nervous
interference. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat
neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to, back pain,
neck pain, extremity pain, and headaches. Additionally,
Chiropractic recognizes that the body, being an integrated system of
functions, works together to restore balance through an innate desire to
remain in balance with the world around, which it can only do if
unencumbered by nervous interference. Chiropractic, therefore, works to
help remove any nervous interference that inhibits the body's
effectiveness in restoring health.
of Chiropractic (DC) - often referred to as chiropractors or
chiropractic physicians - practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to
health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skill and are also trained in many
other adjunctive techniques to assist their patients achieve optimal
health and wellness. Some of those techniques may include use of
physiological therapeutic modalities, exercise therapy, nutrition, and
The most common
therapeutic procedure performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is known as
the "chiropractic adjustment" (also called spinal manipulation). The
purpose of the adjustment is to restore joint
mobility by applying a controlled force into joints that have become
hypomobile (or restricted in their movement) from injury or illness.
Tissue injury can be caused from a singular traumatic event or through
repetitive trauma. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and
chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished
function. Adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores
mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing
tissues to heal.
Chiropractors not only employ the basic tenets of chiropractic, but
also employ other modalities which allow for greater opportunities to
create a healing atmosphere in the patient. Some of the other modalities
used may include, but are by no means limited to, nutrition,
homeopathy, kinesiology, reflexology, hypnotherapy, herbology,
acupressure/acupuncture, laser therapy and others. The idea is that the
bigger the "toolbox" of the chiropractor, the greater their ability to
meet the unique needs of the more complicated diagnosis of the patient.
also means that Holistic Chiropractors will see patients who express
other conditions outside of the traditional model of chiropractic; such
as allergies, digestive problems, weight management, smoking cessation,
vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and the like.