Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive alternative therapy applied to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints. It mainly focuses on the spine and other joints of the body. Although spinal manipulation dates back to Hippocrates and the ancient Greek physicians, the discovery of chiropractic is attributed to D.D. Palmer in 1895. The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand” originated with Palmer and was coined by a patient, the Reverend Samuel H. Weed. Despite significant opposition over the years from allopathic or conventional medicine, chiropractic is very much prevalent.
The relationship between spine and musculoskeletal system with the nervous system, is central to chiropractic and its approach to the restoration and preservation of health. Chiropractic practice emphasizes the conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of medicines and surgery.
What does a Chiropractor do ?
Chiropractic is a natural method of healing and does not involve any drug or surgery. A Chiropractor locate, analyze and gently correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) in the spine. Chiropractors use manual adjustment, electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound or massage to fix the ailment. They believe in optimizing health through good nutrition, constructive exercise, stress management, and focuses on the importance of good posture, as well as proper spinal and extremity joint biomechanics. During first visit they perform physical check-ups and diagnostic studies to determine whether chiropractic services suit the patients need.
Chiropractic is most practiced in
Chiropractic is well established in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It is also prevalent in countries like Japan, Spain, Italy and many more.
Chiropractic In India
The Indian Association of Chiropractic Doctors (IACD) is accepted as a national member of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) for India. Doctors work to improve the health of Indians by providing quality chiropractic services to aid patients with common conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, and headaches, and to encourage a healthy, drug-free existence.
Chiropractic is best to treat
Studies says that the primary reasons patient consult chiropractor is to treat their back pain (approximately 60%), other musculoskeletal pain such as pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities, and arthritic pain (20%) and headaches including migraine (10%)
Low-back pain (LBP) is the single largest cause of disability worldwide. Chiropractic approach by using spinal manipulation, NSAIDs, patient education and motivation have been found to be effective in treating Low-back pain.
People see a chiropractor also to treat their:
Car accident injuries
Strains and sprains from day-to-day tasks to sports injuries
General health and well-being