Chiropractic: An Important Ingredient to Health and Wellness

The art and science of chiropractic practice has existed for over 100 years, and can be a valuable resource for the individual seeking health and wellness change. Chiro- comes from the Greek word for hand and praktikos-meaning practical or practical action. Chiropractic usually focuses on identifying slight differences in the spine or vertebral column called subluxations (luxation is a complete dislocation) and aligning the relationship between one vertebrae and the next. Due to posture or repeated repetitive movements as well as acute disease , injury and even pregnancy, such subluxations or misalignments in the spine are normal and can happen.Learn more about them at Chiropractor.

In the past hundred years, chiropractic has been the norm shifting from Eastern thought to being a part of Western medicine. Essentially, conventional Western medicine used electronic medical devices, medications, and surgery to treat the illness or disorder or symptom from the outside. Chiropractic, on the other hand, is focused on diagnosing the root cause of the illness or symptom with the assumption that the central nervous system and the sympathetic and parasympathetic system governs all body functions and operates like a computer programme. The nervous system consists of nerve pairings that are separated to perform their respective functions. The muscles for battle or flight impulses as well as a parasympathetic branch for rest and digestion functions are divided into a sympathetic branch.

For a general understanding of the Chiropractic past and philosophy let us now look at how this practice can be used to help promote and sustain health and wellness. Few if any of us are lucky enough to get through this life without suffering misalignments in the spine or extremity. These misalignments may come as early as the process of birthing! And from children to school age adolescence it’s uncommon not to be involved in injuries like falls, sporting injuries, auto crashes, poor sleep and sitting postures. When we get old enough to work there will be more chances for postural imbalances and injuries at work and at home. And as we mature into potentially healthier health habits we face new obstacles in the form of arthritis and reduced activity in general. The list of who can benefit from Chiropractic is a simple answer … to some extent, everyone can. How much benefit one can get and how much care is required depends on many factors like age and acuteness or severity of disease.

Through its very essence, chiropractic is not a treatment of disorders but instead an adjustment of the body to repair itself while being able to work as well as possible. Nevertheless, with this being stated, patients have increasingly chosen Chiropractic to improve and at times alleviate symptoms such as headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain as well as help with arm and leg pain and numbness, disc problems and much more.

Most significantly, to achieve and sustain an optimum state of health and wellbeing, chiropractic should be considered as a tool. Chiropractic has become a leader in alternative and natural healing medicine. With much criticism from Western medicine and Western model insurance companies, Chiropractic has for much of the past hundred years had to prove its necessity by word of mouth.

Beginning with the 1980’s Chiropractic champion San Francisco 49er’s, it was implemented into the NFL with reported good outcomes for the team’s star players. In fact, several of the players have been recorded attributing Chiropractic to helping them prolong their careers. Today it is popular for all sports teams from high school to professionals to be part of the healthcare team to provide chiropractic.