Chiropractic is a holistic, drug-free, non-surgical method of treating conditions
that are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the
nervous system by manipulation.
Spinal manipulation can be traced back many centuries prehistoric cave
paintings in France dating back to 17,500 BC were the first known depictions
of spinal manipulation and Hippocrates himself recommended that healers 'get
knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases'.
Modern chiropractic is based on the 'one cause, one cure' theory outlined by
Daniel David Palmer in 1895, who reportedly performed a spinal adjustment on
a deaf janitor with a misaligned vertebrae and restored his hearing as well
as his ability to stand up straight without pain.
can chiropractic treat?
- Pain in the back, neck and shoulders.
- Sports injuries.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (pins and needles, numbness and pain affecting all
of the hand except the little finger).
happens during a chiropractic session?
Your chiropractor will take your history, including family history, diet and
work and lifestyle-related factors and carry out a physical examination, focusing
on muscle strength and postural and structural problems.
Most chiropractors use x-rays to locate subluxations (partial dislocation of
a joint) and to rule out any conditions that would preclude treatment
for example, fractures, osteoporosis, bone or joint infections, bone cancer,
acute rheumatoid arthritis and diseases of the spinal cord or bone marrow.
You will be asked to lie on a specially constructed table that conforms to
body contours. Your chiropractor will use their hands to adjust the joints of
your spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found,
thus improving mobility and relieving pain.
Your body's own healing processes will then be able to get on with the task
of improving your health. This treatment is known as 'adjustment' or 'manipulation'.
many treatments will be necessary?
This will vary from person to person depending on the problem, the length of
time you have had a particular complaint and your own commitment to any rehabilitative
exercises and maintenance visits that your chiropractor may recommend.
An average course of treatment may entail five or six visits over two or three
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