Chiropractic is a unique health care system distinct from orthodox medicine. It is a discipline of the scientific healing arts concerned with the pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapeutics and prophylaxis of functional disturbances, and pain syndromes of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, especially of the spine and pelvis.
What do Chiropractors treat?
The most frequently seen conditions include neck pain, arm pain, shoulder pain, upper and lower back pain, sciatica, knee pain, ankle pain and heel pain. Chiropractors also treat conditions resulting from sports injury and motor vehicle accidents, pregnancy-induced / post-partum back pain, and musculo-skeletal problems associated with occupations.
Principle of Chiropractic
A statement of Dr. David D. Palmer, the acknowledged founder of Chiropractic best illustrates the principles of chiropractic.
...disease was due to interference with the nervous system, primarily at the site where the spinal nerves exit the intervertebral foramen
Dr. Palmer attributed interference with normal nerve function to approximation of vertebrae, which he termed SUBLUXATION.
The modern theory of chiropractic is based on the hypothesis that reversible joint lesions (SUBLUXATION) of the spine produce far ranging effects on the human body. Modern chiropractic does not claim to be a total therapy, but it does adhere to the idea that biomechanical dysfunction can have a profound effect not only on the musculoskeletal system but also on the other systems of the body. While the restoration and normalization of joint motion is the mechanism of chiropractic therapy, the ultimate goal is to promote HOMEOSTASIS of the body.