What is Chiropractic?
Philosophy, Art, and Science
Chiropractic is the philosophy, art, and science describing the communication between the brain and the tissues, organs, and systems of the body. The brain controls and coordinates all actions of the body. If the communication between the brain and the body is interrupted or altered by a pinched nerve or vertebral subluxation then we may feel pain, stiffness, burning, stabbing, throbbing, tingling, or numbness just to name a few symptoms. A subluxation describes stuck vertebrae (or backbones) or the altered motion of those vertebrae, which can pinch the delicate nerves of the back causing painful symptoms. Chiropractors adjust these vertebrae (bones) in the back to restore normal motion and decompress the nerves that were pinched. Thus decreasing pain and restoring health.
The Chiropractic Story
The Chiropractic story begins with the roman doctor Hippocrates. In his written works he describes adjusting the neck to relieve symptoms to the neck and hand. In China and the Roman Empire “Bone Setters” were on the battlefield keeping the soldiers alive and fighting. In 1895 in the United States, Dr. Daniel David Palmer was examining the relationship between the spinal anatomy/neurology and a person’s body. In his office, he “adjusted” his first patient; a hearing-impaired janitor named Harvey Lillard. Dr. Palmer adjusted the vertebrae (bones) in Mr. Lillard’s neck. The result of this adjustment was the restoration of Mr. Lillard’s hearing, the first chiropractic “miracle” of many to come. Thus began the chiropractic profession.