What is Chiropractic?
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”1
Chiropractic treatment itself is a gentle procedure that is performed by doing a spinal manipulation or what we call a “chiropractic adjustment.” We use this form of treatment in order to release a hypo-mobile segment (a joint that is not moving correctly- whether in the spine or extremity) in order to restore proper function to the joint thus restoring proper nerve impulses.
Research on the effects of Chiropractic treatment are ongoing and continue to show positive results for overall health and longevity. Below is a quote from results recently discovered during a research study.
“This is solid scientific evidence that adjusting the spine changes the way the prefrontal cortex of the brain is processing information from the arm. It demonstrates we change the way the brain works and shows that spinal function impacts brain function. One of the most interesting things about the changes we observed was that the prefrontal cortex is responsible for behavior, goal directed tasks, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional response to it, autonomic function, motor control, eye movements and spatial awareness.”2
Chiropractic physicians have been trained to offer therapeutic and rehab services as well as lifestyle and nutritional/dietary guidance.
In essence the way that I see it, we are trained to know what the body needs to run optimally so that we may live our best life.