Chiropractic is a health-care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
A loss of normal motion or position of bones in the spinal column can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. If the nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of tissues and organ function throughout the body can result. Chiropractors aim to improve nervous system function primarily through chiropractic adjustments, to help remove any interference that may be impairing normal health.
Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a patient’s case history. This gives the chiropractor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health.
After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopaedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functioning problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit.
The findings of these examinations are explained and a treatment management plan is developed. Chiropractic adjustments, massage, rehabilitative exercises may be recommended.