Chiropractic is a natural healing profession. This means it uses no drugs or surgeries. Chiropractic has it own:
It operates on the premise that the body has an inborn capacity to maintain and restore its own health. This inborn wisdom is often referred to as the bodies innate intelligence.
Maintaining and restoring its own health is dependent on how the body communicates and monitors itself thru its different systems. One example is the cardiovascular system which circulates blood, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Another system is called the nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.
Chiropractors focus on this system. When the brain is able to communicate with the rest of the body thru the spinal cord and nerves, with no interference, the body's different systems are able to maintain a harmony and balance that we call "wellness". This communication is facilitated by a chiropractors ability to remove nerve interference.
Nerve interference can occur for different reasons; one being a misalignment of the vertebrae or spinal segments. These misalignments are also called SUBLUXATIONS. Subluxations often cause pinched nerves. Chiropractors correct these vertebral misalignments/subluxations by manipulating the spine thus relieving pressure on the pinched nerve. Manipulating or adjusting the spine is the main technique chiropractors use as treatment.
Some chiropractors strictly adhere to the use of only spinal manipulation, while others include a broad range of other techniques. Other techniques could include physical therapy, soft tissue release for musculoskeletal pain, extremity adjusting (seen often in sports injuries), and even adjusting for headaches and sleep disorders.