Chiropractic theory emerged at the turn of the century in 1895. Chiropractors are the third largest group of health care providers in the United States following medical physicians and dentists. They study 8 years to achieve their D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree. Admission requirements and undergraduate training are similar to pre-med studies. In the professions early years, Chiropractors were looked down upon, however they are now highly respected members of the health care community. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and most developed foreign countries. D.C.’s must pass rigorous national board examinations, various certifications and ongoing continuing education requirements to obtain and maintain their license to practice.
The focus of chiropractic health care is drug-free, non-surgical care through manipulation of the spine and optimization of nerve function. Subluxations (misalignments in the spine) cause tension and interference to nerve function resulting in numerous health problems. Misalignments in the spine are caused by impacts and stresses and strain to the body such as slips, falls, car accidents, sports injuries and birth trauma. The “innate intelligence” that regulates and coordinates all body processes and the process of healing in the body can be restored when subluxations in the spine are corrected and normal nerve function is restored. Subluxations interfere with the brain’s ability to communicate properly with the body and predispose it to poor health and improper function.
The majority of chiropractic patients present with musculoskeletal problems such as headaches, neck pain and back pain but chiropractic care has a proven track record of success with any number of health challenges including allergies, asthma, sinusitis, lowered immune response, curvature of the spine, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome and many others. In addition to spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments), chiropractors often use nutrition, massage, therapeutic exercise, physiotherapy and other forms of complimentary and alternative methods (CAM) to help their patients improve their health.