FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self regulating, self healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. IF the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors call this vertebral subluxation complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning less than a total disclocation. And complex, meaning consisting of more than one part.
Chiropractic is the science of locating the malfunctoning spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy that, when working properly, the body has the potential to heal itself.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. when under proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy.
A common interference to the nervous system are the 24 moving bones of the spine. A loss of normal motion or the position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses.
With improved spinal function, there is often improved nervous system function. Chiropractors help remove interferences that may be impairing normal health.
Since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic can have a positive effect on many health conditions that are not normally thought of as "back" problems.
What type of education do chiropractors get?
Today's Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated.
After undergraduate studies, the chiropractic doctor completes an additional four year curriculum of over 4,500 classroom hours of health sciences.
The science of chiropractic requires special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, xray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the vertebral subluxation complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction.
To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, each candidate passes several demanding national board examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass another difficult examination before being granted a license to practice.
A chiropractic education never ends. Most doctors complete post graduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
what do chiropractic doctors do?
helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health.
After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. Xrays may be taken to uncover structural or functional problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit.
The findings of these examinations are explained and a plan of chiropractic adjustments will be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodic examinations and follow-up reports.
The word "doctor" comes from the latin word meaning teacher. Regardless of your doctor's unique clinical approach, he or she has a strong commitment to patient education.