Chiropractic (the term derives from the Greek words chiros and praktikos meaning "practice by hand") is a well established health care profession which utilizes mechanical manipulation(hand or adjusting device) to diagnose and treat disorders of the joints, muscles and physical structures of the body (including the spine, skull and extremities). A primary goal of many in the chiropractic profession is to normalize the structure and function of the neuromuscular system through restoration of the body's innate ability to heal itself (following the correct application of physical techniques designed to bring about a state of balance and well-being for the individual chiropractic patient).
Oftentimes, a spinal or joint dysfunction can interfere with the nervous system which can result in a state of diminished health or altered sensation. Sometimes this sensation is experienced as pain (which may be the number one reason a chiropractic patient seeks professional help). Many chiropractors use the term "subluxation" to describe the malposition or malalignment of the bony structures of the body which may be the underlying source or cause of the patient's discomfort.
In addition to physical adjusting techniques, Chiropractic may employ lifestyle training, health coaching, electro-therapeutics, muscle manipulation, body reconditioning, physical training, diet, exercise, nutrition and other means to bring about a greater state of health and wellness for the chiropractic patient.
Chiropractic was originally founded in the United States in 1895 by Daniel David (D. D.) Palmer.
Little known fact: The first chiropractic adjustment in the United States was received by Harvey Lillard which resulted in the restoration of Mr.Lillard's hearing loss (a condition for which he had suffered approximately 17 long years).
Is there any evidence for the use of chiropractic-like techniques prior to 1895? Yes, there exist numerous oriental artifacts that depict chiropractic-like adjusting techniques as practiced by certain members of the healing arts in various Asian civilizations over a period of many previous centuries. Furthermore, ancient Egyptian and Greek paintings and writings demonstrate a specific knowledge of spinal and joint manipulation to restore health and vitality. Even Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine who lived around 460 to 357 B.C., was quoted as saying "Attain knowledge of the spine for this is the source of many ailments".
Chiropractic treatments may vary depending on the patient's condition and the type of approach utilized by the individual treating chiropractor. These treatments most commonly include spinal adjustments (however, as explained earlier other treatment methods may be applied as well).
The chiropractic profession enjoys an esteemed, global position in the healthcare field. Indeed, many chiropractic patients find the health and wellness benefits of chiropractic to be superior to other methods and forms of treatment.
Additionally, many health providers offer chiropractic care as a valuable solution in their health and wellness care coverage.
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