What is Chiropractic?
The majority of us Mumbaikars associate a chiropractor with the neurotic and often insufferable Dr. Alan Harper from the popular television show Two and a Half Men. But how many of us truly know about the profession?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractic care is effective treating back pain, sciatica, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractic is well established in many parts of the world including the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The profession is very new to India with only a handful of licensed practitioners.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as Chiropractors practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is “spinal manipulation,” The purpose of manipulation is to restore movement in joints that are restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injuries can happen as a result of a single traumatic event or repetitive stresses. Single traumatic events include lifting a heavy object, bending forward with poor posture, car accidents or falls. Repetitive stresses occur due to improper bending techniques and sitting with poor posture or hunching for prolonged periods of time. Tissue injuries result in pain, inflammation, muscle spasms and restriction in movement. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, relieves the pain, muscle tightness, and inflammation, and allows the tissues to heal.
Along with spinal manipulation, chiropractors include various other therapeutic techniques. Chiropractors also provide acupuncture, recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
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