Chiropractic is a distinct science, philosophy, and art that pays particular attention to how the structure and function of the body relates to overall health. Chiropractic espouses a holistic and vitalistic view of health, and therefore emphasizes factors such as diet, physical activity, and managing stress. Doctors of Chiropractic focus primarily on the spine and nervous system, but also assess and care for other joints of the body such as shoulders, elbows, feet, and hands.
“If you would seek health, look first to the spine.”
-Socrates, Ancient Greek philosopher
Chiropractors often see patients with neck pain, back pain, headaches, arm and leg pain, as well as other joint pain because the problems we find in the spine often cause these symptoms. However, because of the intimate association the nervous system has with the spine, chiropractic is sometimes able to improve other conditions like chronic constipation, bed-wetting, migraines, ear infections, dizziness, etc. No matter the problem, the goal remains the same. To restore proper function and health to those joint complexes that aren’t functioning properly.
“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”
-Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”
Chiropractors receive a D.C. (Doctorate of Chiropractic), which constitutes over 300 credit hours, over 4,600 classroom hours, and 5 academic years of education. This is in addition to 3-4 years of undergraduate studies. Chiropractors are licensed physicians in all states and are required to complete ongoing educational requirements. Chiropractors are also required to pass a 4 part board examination prior to applying for licensure. Chiropractors also receive more wellness and healthy lifestyle education than most other health care professions.
The nervous system is composed of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (spinal nerves and all other nerves). This system coordinates and regulates everything that goes on in your body! From the sweat on a hot day to the shivers on a cold day to the immune system boost to fight off an infection, it all depends on your nervous system! The famous sciatic nerve that gives many people a pain in the butt (literally) is composed of the same spinal nerves that also carry signals to your bladder, prostate gland, and even your reproductive organs! Proper function of the spinal joints is essential for nervous system function.
Back pain/neck pain? Yes, but so much more!
Are chiropractors able to help you with your back and neck pain? Absolutely! Its important to realize, however, that the spine and joint problems we address can have impacts on the body that go beyond spinal pain. The nervous system’s, and thus our entire body’s, function depends upon a properly moving spine. Symptoms like headaches, dizziness, constipation, weakness, and other things that don’t seem related to the spine can be helped with chiropractic care!