The History of Chiropractic Care
Many people today think of chiropractic care as a newer treatment option, but did you know that there has been evidence of healers using manipulations of the spine to treat their patients dating back all the way to ancient Greek and Chinese cultures? And, just as chiropractic care today is used to treat a wide variety of ailments — many of them unrelated to the spine — the spinal manipulations used by these ancient healers were used to treat a wide range of ailments. However, it was not until 1895, after D.D. Palmer improved the hearing of a partially blind man with a spinal adjustment, that chiropractic care was recognized as a treatment for ailments unrelated to the spine.
Several years after Palmer’s amazing discovery with his partially deaf patient, he opened a chiropractic school in Iowa — the Palmer School of Chiropractic. This school still educates chiropractors to this day. And, while more and more people have discovered the unparalleled benefits of this one-of-a-kind, noninvasive, all-natural treatment option, the fundamental ideas behind the practice really haven’t changed all that much over the years. The main focus is the same that it has always been — to facilitate the body’s natural healing process through spinal manipulation.
Today’s Chiropractic Care
Most people are familiar with the fact that chiropractic care can be used to treat neck and back pain, but what many people don’t realize is that it can be used to treat a wide range of other conditions as well. Through spinal manipulation, your chiropractic can work with you to treat a long list of conditions, including circulation problems, digestion issues, respiratory problems, stress, migraines, PMS, anxiety and so much more.
As we mentioned, the fundamentals of chiropractic care haven’t really changed, but there have been many advances made over the past several years in the chiropractic world. When today’s chiropractic patients take an active role in the healing process and in their health, chiropractors can work to treat and even eliminate many different health and wellness problems, including chronic pain. Not only does taking an active role mean to consult with a licensed chiropractor, but it also means to follow a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly. For the most part, staying healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, and you’d be surprised at what a difference treating your body well can make.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractic care is a holistic process in which spinal manipulations are used to support and encourage the body’s natural healing process. When your spine is out of alignment, it interferes with your nervous system and, therefore, your body’s healing process. Realigning the spine removes the interference and allows your body to naturally heal itself. In addition to spinal manipulations, chiropractors also promote long-term health by encouraging their patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. In some cases, chiropractic care can provide immediate relief to patients. Other times, patients may need to participate in a series of chiropractic sessions to find relief.
A lot of current, pain management techniques only treat the symptoms of a problem, not the cause. Chiropractic works to treat the source of the issue. Because of this, chiropractic is effective at preventing future issues from presenting themselves.
Furthermore, chiropractic is non-invasive (i.e. there is no surgery and no drugs), so there are fewer risks related to the procedures performed. Chiropractic uses your body’s own natural healing powers to manage pain and other problems. Many patients who visit chiropractors report decreased pain and an increase in general wellness.
Effects of Chiropractic Care?
In many, modern, medical practices, drugs are administered to treat everything from pain to ailments. Use of prescription drugs can have undesirable or dangerous side effects. These drugs can also be hard on the liver and kidneys if used long-term. Chiropractic can eliminate the need for these drugs by treating the source of an issue. The spine houses the spinal cord, which can directly affect many of the body’s other systems.
Chiropractic Myths and Facts
There are a lot of unfounded myths about chiropractic. Most of them come from people who are unfamiliar with the ideas and practices behind chiropractic treatments.
1. Spinal adjustments are painful
Immediately following a spinal adjustment, many patients feel relief. Misalignment in the spine can cause pain, not only in the neck and back, but also in other parts of the body. Once the spine is properly aligned, that pain is often immediately relieved.
2. Chiropractors are not real doctors
Chiropractors, in addition to undergraduate studies, have to endure several years of rigorous training in their field. Upon completion of their training program, chiropractors must also complete hundreds of hours of clinical practice under a licensed chiropractor. To become licensed, chiropractors must test and register with their state board of chiropractic, similar to medical doctors. Chiropractors attend schools that are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
3. Chiropractic is Costly
When compared with Western medical care, chiropractic is far less expensive. In cases of worker’s compensation, chiropractic care can cost half as much as traditional medical care, and it treats the source of the problem instead of just the pain. Because of this, in the long run, patients often end up needing less chiropractic care than traditional, Western medicine.
4. You don’t need to visit a chiropractor, you can adjust yourself
Attempting to adjust your own alignment is not only ineffective, but it can also be quite dangerous. If you’re not familiar with the different muscles and nerves in your spine, you can end up seriously injuring yourself. It’s best to consult a licensed chiropractor for any back or neck pain you experience.