While many people are familiar with chiropractic, there are others who are unaware of what this health-care option has to offer. Pronounced Ky-rho-prak-tic, the name means “done by hand,” and involves using the hands to relieve spinal joint dysfunction. It is primarily focused on easing the restriction in motion to aid in the restoration, preservation and optimization of health.
Discovered in 1895, this all-natural approach to care has been quietly helping people live better and more productive lives for more than 120 years. Chiropractic differs from traditional medical care in that it achieves results without the use of needles, pills or surgery. As more people have begun to discover its benefits, chiropractic has become known as a treatment that offers a new way to aid many old health problems.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) defines chiropractic as a profession that deals primarily with disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Doctors of chiropractic (also called chiropractors) most commonly provide treatment for neuromusculoskeletal ailments such as back and neck pain, issues with pain in the joints of the extremities and also headaches. More than 30 million Americans are treated each year by chiropractors, with treatment being generallyhands-on and relying heavily on the spinal manual procedures, more commonly known as the chiropractic adjustment.
More than 120 Years of History
The profession traces its roots back to D.D. Palmer, who administered the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895. Since that time, the profession has enjoyed steady growth as a natural alternative to what are deemed more mainstream treatment options. Those who seek chiropractic care do so for a variety of reasons, from work-related conditions to those who suffer a back injury completing a home improvement project. A frequent problem for Americans, the ACA says back injuries are the second most common reason for doctor’s visits behind upper-respiratory sickness.
The body is a complex mechanism comprised of a multitude of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles all working together in concert. When there is a breakdown in any of those areas, pain and discomfort can result. While doctors of chiropractic receive extensive training to alleviate that pain, they also counsel their patients on wellness, sharing preventative measures that can help to reduce the occurrence of injuries.
Patients are encouraged to lift heavy loads with the knees and avoid twisting while lifting. Stretching before strenuous activities can also be beneficial. Beyond that, those seeking to avoid injury are also reminded of the benefits of a healthy diet and weight, good posture, staying active and eliminating smoking. These are just a few suggestions that can stop back pain and other ailments before they start.
Chiropractors receive training in various techniques that are all natural. Again, there are no prescription medications, no needles and no surgery used by those in the profession.
If this more natural treatment solution sounds appealing, perhaps chiropractic care is right for you. Who knows, maybe a career as a chiropractor is in your future.
The College of Chiropractic at Cleveland University-Kansas City
Students at Cleveland University-Kansas City pursue an intensive, four-year course of study to earn the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In the second part of this series, we’ll explore in greater detail the education and training needed to become a chiropractor.
This is the first in a three-part series about chiropractic. Click the link below to read Part 2. Chiropractic education: Do you have what it takes?
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