What is Chiropractic? Understanding the Basics

Even though there are probably more chiropractors working today than ever before, still one of the most basic questions we hear is “What is chiropractic?”  People have heard the term, but do not know what it actually means, or else they think chiropractic work is just a form of massage therapy.

So, we wanted to quickly address the basics:  What is chiropractic?  What does chiropractic care entail?  What are the benefits of chiropractic techniques?

What Is Chiropractic:  A Quick Primer

Chiropractic was created at the end of the 19th Century, by the healer Daniel D. Palmer, who was also aided by his son and heir B.J. Palmer.  They explored the relationship between the body’s central nervous system -particularly the spine- and the impact that even minor problems could have on pain and disease.

Chiropractic was the result:  A new technique for manually manipulating the spine and other important areas of the central nervous system, to reduce pain and prevent other ailments.  It caught on, and spread around the world as more and more people sought out alternatives to pills and knives for relieving their pain.  Today, millions of people visit chiropractic specialists every year seeking relief from back pain, neck pain, and other problems with their muscles, joints, and nervous system.

What Are Common Chiropractic Treatments?

The most frequent form of chiropractic treatment is spinal manipulation, also sometimes called “adjustment.”  Spinal manipulation seeks out subtle miss-alignments and restricted movements, and manually realigns them.  This restores the proper function of this all-important part of the central nervous system, reducing pain and improving joint mobility.

Another common practice, which Dr. Bartoe specializes in, is Myofascial release.  Myofascia is a widespread type of tissue that surrounds all muscles, bones, and pretty much all other structures in your body – sort of armor for your internal systems.  However, should the Myofascia in part of the body become stiff or have its movement restricted, this also impedes movement of the body part it protects as well as potentially causing pain.  So, Myofascial release is a hands-on technique for freeing up restricted Myofascia.

Whatever chiropractic treatments you choose, they are safe and tested and entirely free of drugs or other bodily intrusions.  It’s all-natural and hands-on.

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