Beginner’s Guide to Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a Complementary Alternative Medicine. It is in practice since 1895. This approach is in use across the leading nations of the US, UK, Australia, and Newzealand. It was once considered as a hoax medical practice. However, health professionals have started accepting its use in modern times.
What is Chiropractic?
It is a medical practice with a firm belief in the relationship between spine and health. That is to say; it believes that any disturbance in the movement of the spine causes disease in a body. Now, the main aim of Chiropractic is not to treat a disease. It, however, aims to boost the nervous functions of our body, which in turn cures the disease.
In short, it is a diagnosis and treatment of the disorders of the spine.
What is the core philosophy of Chiropractic?
In Chiropractic, there is a vast difference between treating effects and adjusting the cause. Said that any problem in the spine would affect the general health of the body.
Innate intelligence is one of the earliest beliefs of Chiropractic. According to it the body can heal and maintain normal functions on its own.
As the quote goes,
“The power that made the body heals the body.”
It is the core belief of Chiropractic.
Now, there are different outlooks on Chiropractic philosophy. Vertebral Subluxation is the most well known of all. It means when a spine or joint doesn’t move correctly, it can cause hurdles in the transfer of nervous messages. This results in the disorder.
Consequently, most rigid practitioners believe that Vertebral Subluxation is the cause and cure of all diseases. That is to say, treating these disorders can cure diseases.
What are the different beliefs of chiropractors?
Chiropractors are Chiropractic professionals. In today’s time, there are two types of Chiropractors.
This group still holds the ancient philosophy of Chiropractic. That is to say; they haven’t changed with time. According to straights, the root cause of all the disorders can be treated with spinal manipulation. For them, everything is related to the nervous system.
As the straights say, they don’t treat symptoms; they go straight for the cause.
This group has changed its beliefs with time. Furthermore, they are open to scientific conclusions and gives importance to conventional diagnosis. They also use techniques of stretching, massage, ice packs, ultrasounds, X-rays, diet, and nutrition to treat disorders. All in all, these professionals adopt a mixed path to Chiropractic.
Hence, their approach is more legitimate and accepted by the medical society. Recently, there is an increase in such practitioners across the US, UK, and other countries.
How is Chiropractic performed?
Now, the word chiropractic is derived from Greek words, Cheir, and Praxis. It means practice by hand. That is to say, Chiropractic is a manual therapy that uses hand pressure to manipulate soft tissues, joints, and spine.
Diagnostic tests like X-ray show the impact of damage on the spine. Based on that, a practitioner would design a session and consult you. During the main session, force is applied to the muscles, bone, and joints in and around your spine. Hands are used to apply the pressure, and you may experience short, sharp forced movements. Apart from that, your muscles are pulled and stretched to relieve pain.
Now, some chiropractors would suggest supporting treatments for quick pain relief. It includes nutrition counseling, exercise, homeopathy, acupuncture, ice therapy, massage, etc.
However, it’s perfectly normal to have your share of doubts regarding Chiropractic. Therefore, always consult a trained Chiropractor, and you can see the results for yourself.
As Sid E Williams says, “Chiropractic like Gravity, works whether or not you believe in it.”
What causes disorder in the spine?
Well, vertebral Subluxation has many obvious reasons. Chiropractors trace the root cause of these disorders that can be due to physical, chemical, or emotional reasons. They consciously or subconsciously affect our posture and neurological health.
Reasons for the spinal disorder could be,
- Poor posture.
- Physically stressful work.
- Injuries by birth or sports.
- Deficiency of nutrients.
- Addiction to Tobacco, alcohol, etc.
After all, everything is related to the nervous system, even when it doesn’t seem obvious.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic?
Now, Chiropractic generally treats the disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is approved by the World Health Organization for the treatment of joints and muscles of the spine. Moreover, this medical practice is used by health-care professionals to treat various disorders.
- Chronic back and lower back pain.
- Whiplash is a type of neck pain.
- Migraine headaches.
- Shoulder pain.
- Knee pain.
- Joints pain.
- Sport injuries
- Upper limbs.
Sports enthusiasts use Chiropractic to heal injuries. Further, it claims to ail dizziness, asthma, menstrual cramps etc. However, clinical trials for the same are still going on.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is safe and causes no pain. However, it is important to choose a trained and trusted practitioner. One cannot afford to take the risk with their nervous system. It is, therefore, beneficial to get the treatment from certified professionals. Besides, a trained practitioner knows exactly where and how to apply pressure. However, even then one may experience stiffness and tiredness. But this pain is usually mild and passes away in a few days.
All in all, there are no severe harmful effects to worry about.
Let me end this with a quote.
“The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.”
To sum it, the use of Chiropractic is increasing with each passing day. However, it would take years before we can truly explore this.