What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic Care is Safe
The Influence Of Posture On Your Health
Chiropractic Education and the Profession

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord and millions of nerves. Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the function of your spine and its influence on the function of your nervous system and how it relates to your overall health and well-being.

Many everyday activities can cause these spinal bones to mis-align and/or the joints to lose their normal movement,  together this can distort the spine’s normal curves. Spinal joints that are ‘locked up’ fixated or not moving correctly can affect your health by choking or irritating nearby nerve tissue. Chiropractic Doctors refer to this as the VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION COMPLEX. The brain stem and spinal cord are the primary pathways for nerve impulses to and from the brain. Messages back and forth through these nerves control the health and function of virtually every other cell, tissue, organ and system of the body.

The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles.
The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine provides two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences can result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord can be compromised. DCs use the term "subluxation" to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.
Whether you are a mother, or a new born baby, a small child who is about to enter a new growth spurt, a student preparing for exams, or an accountant who has just survived another tax year, your spine is susceptible to spinal SUBLUXATION. We should all see a chiropractor to screen for and correct spinal SUBLUXATIONS. The chiropractic approach to better health is to detect, reduce and improve nervous system function.

What do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors don’t treat any specific disease or condition. We focus on identifying and correcting the source of your problem, rather than just eliminating your symptoms. As a result chiropractic helps the body heal itself from a wide range of conditions. That’s why you can enjoy long-term relief from sciatica, neck pain, back pain, arthritis headaches and much more!

Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.

Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organisations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that:
"On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain...There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors."

The doctor of chiropractic is an effective source of preventative and wellness care.
The anatomical focus of the chiropractor on the human spine has created the perception of the chiropractor as just a "back doctor." Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is very much incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are a highly appropriate resource in matters of work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counselling."

CHIROPRACTIC CARE IS SAFE
Chiropractic adjustments are safer than aspirin, muscle relaxants and back surgery. Dozens of research studies have documented the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment care. Millions of chiropractic adjustments are safely delivered to satisfied patients every day! Regardless of the technique, millions of patients have been delighted with the results of their chiropractic care since chiropractic was first discovered in 1895. Perhaps the best summary statement on the subject of was published in 1979 by the New Zealand Government, after a three year Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic. They found ‘The conspicuous lack of evidence that Chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that Chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.’ The International Chiropractic Association says, “cases have constantly shown that chiropractic is one of the safest portal of entry health care available to the public today. Although no healthcare procedures are 100% safe, chiropractic stands on its record of safety and effectiveness unmatched in healthcare.

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Patients suffering low back pain benefited 29% more with Chiropractic than hospital treatment even after 3 years. States the British Medical Journal.

BMJ 1995;311:349-351 (5 August)

Why would I need chiropractic care when I’m not in pain?

Pain is often the last symptom to surface when you have spinal health problems just as it is with dental decay. Chiropractic Doctors are trained to detect early signs of spinal decay, long before any symptoms occur. That’s why you need chiropractic care even when you’re not in pain.

We can help detect areas of your spine that are out of alignment. Then we can correct these ‘problem’ areas before they lead to greater dysfunction.

The Influence of Posture on Your Health

Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls, but bad posture also develop from environmental factors or bad habits.

Today, posture-related problems are increasing:

  1. As we become a society that watches more television than any previous generation;
  2. As we become a more electronic society, with more and more people working at sedentary desk jobs or sitting in front of computer terminals;
  3. As more and more cars are crowding our roads, resulting in accidents and injuries;
  4. And as we drive cars with poorly designed seats.

 

In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:

 

  1. Accidents, injuries and falls
  2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
  3. Excessive weight
  4. Visual or emotional difficulties
  5. Foot problems or improper shoes
  6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
  7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
  8. Negative self-image
  9. Occupational stress
  10. Poorly designed work space

Poor Posture & Pain
A lifetime of poor posture can start a progression of symptoms in the average adult. It can start with…

  • Fatigue - your muscles have to work hard just to hold you up if you have poor posture. You waste energy just moving, leaving you without the extra energy you need to feel good.
  • Tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs - by this stage, there may be a change in your muscles and ligaments and you may have a stiff, tight painful feeling. Many of the neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture.

 

  • Joint stiffness and pain - at risk for “wear and tear” arthritis, or what is termed degenerative osteoarthritis. Poor posture and limited mobility increase the likelihood of this condition in later years.

CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND THE PROFESSION
Becoming a Chiropractor requires a graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution, full time University Education with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Your Chiropractic Doctor has completed about the same number of lecture hours as medical practitioners do. However, since Chiropractors chose not to prescribe drugs or perform surgery their education emphasises neurology, diagnostic imaging, physiology, spinal adjusting techniques and clinical subjects.

There are undergraduate Chiropractic programmes in the United Kingdom. The Anglo European College of Chiropractic, in Bournemouth, Dorset, The McTimoney Chiropractic College in Oxford, the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, at Glamorgan University in Wales. Graduates of these programmes are eligible for registration by the General Chiropractic Council, which regulates the profession in the U.K.

Chiropractic is one of the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession in the US.
There are approximately 60,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in active practice in the United States spread from rural areas to inner cities. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic educational programs accredited by a federally-recognized body (CCE).

Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers.
According to the Centre for Studies in Health Policy, "The chiropractor can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The chiropractor's office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service."

 

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