Chiropractic is a natural, drug free health care profession founded in 1895. It’s based on the idea that your body is intelligent and will always move towards a state of health provided there is no interference with its innate design (the motion of your spine is intimately related to the function of the nervous system, the master communication system).
Chiropractors are often called upon by medical doctors to help their patients with back pain. This is because back pain often has underlying physical problems that need to be addressed rather than just treat the symptoms.
During the chiropractic exam, chiropractors will take a detailed patient history, perform a chiropractic spinal examination and any necessary diagnostic tests, including x-rays. Chiropractors use this information to formulate a working diagnosis and create a treatment plan for their patients.
After a spinal adjustment, your chiropractor may use an instrument to help guide the joints into proper position. This allows for a deeper and more precise adjustment than can be achieved with manual methods alone. It also reduces the amount of pressure applied to sensitive areas, which can be a benefit for certain patients.
As the healthcare industry increasingly focuses on multidisciplinary teamwork to ensure better outcomes, chiropractic is well positioned to play an important role in this new era of healthcare. However, the future of chiropractic is up to us as a profession: do we want to remain divided and fragmented, or do we wish to come together to fully embrace this era of opportunity