What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that offers an alternative to the typical medicinal and surgical aspects of care to impact a person’s health. The American Chiropractic Association states: “Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body. While the brain is protected by the skull, the spinal cord is more vulnerable, covered by 24 moving vertebrae. When these bones lose their normal motion or position, the nervous system, and every other system in the body, can become affected and is called the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors treat the vertebral subluxation complex to restore proper motion to joints, and allow the body to work at its optimum potential. Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as: headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that doctors of chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors have the training to treat a variety of non-neuromusculoskeletal conditions, such as: allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media and other disorders as new research is developed” (www.acatoday.org).