What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is considered to be a philosophy, art and science. It is an approach to health that focuses on the nervous system, its protection (the spinal column) and its affect on how the body performs. Many people first experience chiropractic as a means to relieve back pain, headaches or other symptoms. They then learn that chiropractic is much more than simply relieving symptoms.
The first chiropractic adjustment occurred in 1895 when D.D. Palmer, a natural healer, had a theory that a man's hearing loss was directly related to a misaligned bone in that man's neck caused by a severe fall. When that misaligned bone was "adjusted" (put back in place by pressing on it), that man's hearing was restored. Shortly thereafter, the name chiropractic was coined from the Greek words "cheir" and "practikos" meaning "done by hand".
Nowadays, we know from research that when a spinal vertebra is out of alignment, it compresses a spinal nerve. These nerves travel from the brain through the spinal column to the entire body so that the brain can provide instruction to all the muscles, organs, glands and tissues. In the same way that electrical impulses move from a power plant across power lines into our homes and light our lamps, the brain sends impulses across the nervous system that cause our bodies to move and our organs to function. Any interference along the power lines causes blackouts. Any interference along the nervous system can cause the improper function of the muscle, organ, gland or tissue receiving the impulses. A "subluxation" is a misaligned vertebra. It is the locating and correcting of these misalignments ("vertebral subluxations") that is chiropractic.
A chiropractor is specially trained to locate, identify and correct subluxations (spinal misalignments). When these corrections (or adjustments) are made, the body will begin to restore itself to health.