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Chiropractic treatment

Chiropractic treatment is one of the popular faces of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) system. In Chiropractic a disease is considered as a lack of normal nerve function often resulting due to displaced vertebrae and spinal cord malfunction

Daniel David Palmer is recognized as the founder of Chiropractic. He initiated this stream in 1895 on the belief that all human health problems could be treated and healed using adjustment of spine.

Chiropractic Principle

The basic principle of chiropractic is that "subluxations" are the cause of most medical problems. A "subluxation" is a misalignment of the spine that allegedly interferes with nerve signals from the brain. Chiropractors think that by adjusting the misalignments they can thereby restore the nerve signals and cure health problems

It is postulated that subluxations are misaligned vertebrae which cause nerve compression that "interfere" with the transmission of what is termed as "Innate Intelligence". This interference interrupts the proper flow of Innate Intelligence from "above, down, inside, and out" to the organ to which it travels. As a result, the human body would experience "disease" or disharmony which would result in a loss of health.

Chiropractic Application

The theory of subluxations maintains that all health problems are due to "blockage" of nerves.

It is a fact that spinal nerves connect to the organs and tissues of the body and it is also true that damage to those nerves affects whatever they connect to, e.g., sever the spinal cord and your brain can't communicate with your limbs, though your other organs can still continue to function.

Chiropractic is often holistic and is firmly based upon the belief that the body is basically a self-healing entity. Hence, drugs and surgery are not recommended except in extreme cases. Spinal manipulation is believed to unblock nerves so the body can heal itself. Chiropractic appear like a western version of Chinese acupuncture used to unblock chi, or therapeutic touch to channel prana. The needles used in Acupuncture are replaced by hands and fingers of Chiropractic practitioner who manipulates nerves rather than flow of chi. The difference is that the chiropractic model of subluxations seems to be empirically testable, unlike the metaphysical idea of acupuncture unblocking chi.

Types of Chiropractic adjustments

There are three principal divisions in chiropractic school of though-

Each of these forms has a different point of view to patient care. However all of them still adhere to non medication, non-invasive approach of chiropractic.

Chiropractic and Science

Despite its popularity and increasing application, Chiropractic is controversial to some extent due to lack of scientific evidence for some of its claims. Although scientist acknowledge the utility of chiropractic in relieving back ache and restoring health, it's the concept of subluxation that they dispute.

Chiropractic Risks and Precautions

Although risks are rare in chiropractic, some danger may be involved with incorrect spinal manipulations including stroke, vertebral fracture and even death in practice of rotary neck movement.

Patients are generally advised to check the credentials of their chiropractic healer.