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About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure and function and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, and laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.

The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones, which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network that influences every living tissue in your body.

Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in family practice, occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.

Learn about the education involved in becoming a chiropractor.


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