Healthcare Perspectives - Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine is a holistic therapy with the purpose of diagnosing and preventing disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system and improving health by taking a holistic approach of the various interrelated systems of the body. Manipulation of the spine is the main technique in today's chiropractic adjustment, or treatment. The Chiropractic modality is mainly based on both the relationship between the spine and the central nervous system and the belief that the body has the ability to heal itself when these systems are healthy.

Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, based on his assertion that all health problems could be prevented or treated using adjustments of the spine (spinal adjustments), and sometimes other joints, to correct what he termed vertebral subluxations. He, and later his son B.J. Palmer, proposed that subluxations were misaligned vertebrae which caused nerve compression that interfered with the transmission of what he named Innate Intelligence. This interference interrupted the proper flow of Innate Intelligence from "above, down, inside, and out" to the organ to which it traveled. As a result, the human body would experience "dis-ease" or disharmony which would result in loss of health. He compared this process to stepping on a hose that diminished the flow of water to a garden: when the foot is removed from the hose, the flow returns to normal and the garden will flourish.

Though its use has been documented from the time of the ancient Egyptians, spinal manipulation in an attempt to correct the theoretical vertebral subluxation is solely a chiropractic endeavor. Chiropractic's contribution to the field of manipulative therapies is the concept of applying a precise adjustment to a specific affected vertebra, as opposed to the generalized maneuvers of the early osteopaths. While some chiropractors adhere strictly to the use of only spinal manipulation in their adjustment, others include a broad range of methods directed at correcting the subluxation and/or relieving musculoskeletal pain.

Chiropractors believe they can improve certain illnesses and painful, chronic conditions without surgery or medication by manually manipulating the vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord. Some chiropractors specialize in treating specific musculoskeletal problems or sports injuries, or they may combine chiropractic with manipulation of the extremities, physiotherapy, nutrition, or exercises to increase spinal strength or improve overall health. Some also use other complementary and alternative methods as a part of a holistic treatment approach.

Chiropractic treatments have proved to be effective in treating certain neck and lower back pain symptoms, slipped discs and headaches. Hippocrates had knowledge of the benefits of making adjustments to the spine, and has been quoted as saying, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”. Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles and do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, chiropractic treatment of the back, neck, extremities and joints has become more accepted as a result of research and changing attitudes about alternative, noninvasive health care practices.

Healing Modalities within Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine contains no sub modalities

Licensure

Must be a licensed chiropractic physician recognized by the State of Florida


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