Chiropractic is the largest natural health profession in the world and the nation’s third largest primary health care profession, surpassed in numbers only by medicine and dentistry. Chiropractors have provided safe and effective health care to many people for more than a hundred years. Studies indicate that upwards of 15 percent of the U.S. population has consulted a chiropractor.
Chiropractic promotes the idea of vitalism, that the body has an inborn ability to heal. The primary role of a chiropractor is to restore and maintain the health of the spine and the nervous system in order to support the body’s natural ability to be healthy. Chiropractic care is delivered via a specific adjustment (usually done by hand) to restore integrity and function to the spinal column.
How is your health related to your spine?
Your health is both directly and indirectly controlled by the nervous system and any interference or instability within this system impairs normal function and lowers resistance to disease. The chiropractic adjustment restores the spine to a more functional and stable position which in turn allows the nervous system to function more effectively. When the spine and nervous system are operating at a higher level, this enables the body to function at a more optimal level and to heal through its own natural recuperative powers.
Chiropractors are highly skilled in the art of adjusting all of the joints of the spine which reduces the effects of chronic or acute trauma and biomechanical instability. The adjustment is a gentle and specific maneuver which can be applied effectively and safely to people no matter their age.