What is Chiropractic?
The word "chiropractic" comes from the Greek words cheir meaning "hand" and praktos meaning "done by." Chiropractic is the art and science of restoring and maintaining health through the manipulation of joints, especially the spine. Your nerves coordinate and control every function of your body. It only makes sense that manipulation of the spine, which houses your spinal cord and the origin of your spinal nerves, affects your health.
Chiropractic history begins in 1895. The first chiropractic adjustment was given to a partially deaf janitor by D.D. Palmer. Within days, the janitor reported improved hearing thus sparking the idea that an intimate relationship exists between our spines and our health. D.D. theorized that "misaligned vertebrae" interfere with the function of spinal nerves "thereby blocking the body's natural healing ability."
Since then, many years of evidence based research has validated the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the treatment of many musculoskeletal complaints including low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and some headaches without the use of drugs or risky and painful surgery.
Additionally, patients have reported that chiropractic manipulation has resulted in the improvement of many other conditions (for example, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome). This shows that chiropractic may affect not only the musculoskeletal system, but many aspects of overall health and wellness.
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