Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, chiropractic attempts to improve the health of the individual to avoid illness.
One of the main reasons for the big upsurge in the popularity of chiropractic care is that people are recognizing the benefit of seeking and managing their optimal health without the overuse of drugs or surgery.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on scientific principles of diagnosis through testing and empirical observation, and treatments are based upon the doctor’s rigorous training and experience. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat what is called vertebral subluxation.
Vertebral subluxation is a term that describes the neurological, structural, and functional changes that occur when a “bone is out of place,” particularly one of the 24 vertebrae that make up the spine. A misalignment can put pressure on a nerve, interfering with the messages the brain is sending to the rest of the body and often causing pain.
Chiropractors understand that one of the main causes of pain and disease is this misalignment and abnormal motion of the vertebrae. They seek to correct this problem through spinal adjustments, which reposition misaligned joints to restore proper movement to the surrounding vertebrae and improve the function of the nervous system.
Chambersburg Chiropractic uses both manual (hands on) and computerized techniques for spinal adjustments. Learn more about the difference.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Today, chiropractors use manual and computer-assisted treatments of the spine and joints in addition to exercise therapies, massage, trigger point therapy, wellness management, and lifestyle changes to allow the body’s natural state of health to fully express itself.
Studies demonstrate that the correction of vertebral subluxation is the most effective care for back pain, headaches, whiplash, and many other musculo-skeletal problems. Chiropractic has also been shown to be effective in reducing high blood pressure, decreasing the frequency of childhood ear infections, and more.