Chiropractic is basically a healing system that evolved around the manipulation of the spine and corresponding joints. The ethos is that body illness is caused by malfunction in the spine affecting the nervous system which in turn supports organ functions. When the spine is displaced by working whilst standing in an awkward position, such as hoovering or picking up a crumb, and slipping or falling, then the result creates misalignment. It’s not always one injury that causes a crippling disorder, often it can be a repetitive cause or constant numerous causes which leads to the spine and relative are as seizing. The misalignment cannot mend by a GP prescribing rest and painkillers as soft tissue damage and inflammation is a result, not the cause.
Chiropractic is a system of healing based upon the manipulation of the spine and joints. It was pioneered by Daniel Palmer 18451913, an American Healer who developed the premise that illness is essentially due to malfunction in the spine which affects the body’s nervous system and organ function, a premise made after he cured a patient’s deafness with spinal adjustments in 1895. He coined the word chiropractic from Greek cheiro hand and praktikos to do; meaning done by hands. In 1897 he founded Palmer Institute and Chiropractic Infirmary to teach the skills. These have spread rapidly and gained acceptance for therapeutic benefits; it is the second largest health care system in the USA.
Principles are that modern life produces abnormalities in the musculoskeletal system, the spine, as a result of trauma, ageing, physical, mental and emotional stress and tension. The spinal displacement that upsets the nervous system is Subluxation, which reduces neural signals and inhibits the body’s natural healing frequency.
Chiropractic practitioners work by locating and adjusting signals along the spine in order to free up the nervous systems signals to the brain relating to function, repair and regeneration of cells. This practice enhances both the bodily function and the immune system. In order to make an accurate undisputable diagnosis, spinal, muscular and medical history must be found. The diagnostic procedure will include muscle testing and X Rays.
The treatment will require the position of vertebrae to be repositioned by force; this is a very painful procedure for the patient but is essential for a successful cure. The procedure will require movement by rotation, stretching and pressure and then thrusting the vertebrae beyond limit of normal range hence putting it back in place.
Spinal manipulation, soft tissue treatment, acupressure, heat, breathing techniques and postural exercise are often assisting techniques. Loosening the back with massage and heat helps prior to treatment.
Injuries are treated; but not restricted damage such as, back pain, RSI, sports injuries, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, asthma, digestive disorders, menstrual problems and general tension.