What is Chiropractic

Happy 120th Birthday Chiropractic!!  What is Chiropractic ?

The roots of chiropractic can be traced all the way back to 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C., when the earliest writings from China and Greece indicated the use of spinal adjustments to ease back pain. Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Western Medicine,” writes about the importance of chiropractic care and declares in one of his writings, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

In the United States, chiropractic was introduced by D. D. Palmer, who was well read in medical journals of his time and educated in the latest developments throughout the world regarding anatomy and physiology.  He adjusted a deaf janitor named Harvey Lillard in 1895, and Harvey regained his hearing!  D. D. Palmer founded the profession of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA and in 1897 began Palmer School of Chiropractic, which continues to be one of the most prominent Chiropractic schools in the nation.

Throughout the twentieth century, Chiropractic grew and gained respect and legal recognition in all 50 states. Around the world, research has been published showing incredibly influential results of chiropractic care, changing and molding the perception we have today for natural, non-invasive medical care. As an example, in 1999, the Manga study published in Canada researched the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care and found that chiropractic care would save hundreds and thousands of dollars annually in regards to disability payments and direct health care costs.

Doctors of Chiropractic complete four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college -- completing a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Their education includes training in the medical sciences, including anatomy with human dissection, physiology, and biochemistry. Many hours are dedicated to diagnosis, radiology and therapeutic techniques.  This intensive study and practice means Doctors of Chiropractic can diagnose and treat patients, and are also trained as Primary Care Providers.  They must pass a national board exam and all exams required by the state before they can begin practice.

What is chiropractic?  The primary belief of Chiropractic is in natural and conservative methods of health care with a deep respect for the human body’s ability to heal itself without the use of surgery and drugs. The doctors devote considerable attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine and its effect on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. This natural, holistic health care is based on four scientific facts:

  1. The body is a self-healing, self-regulating intelligent organism.

  2. The central nervous system communicates with and controls and coordinates ALL other systems of the body, and is protected by the skull and vertebral segments.

  3. The largest source of balance and coordination input to the brain comes from the spinal joint, and when the joints do not move through their full range of motion, neurological input from the spine to the brain is altered creating body-wide stress.

  4. Interference and stress to the nervous system decreases the body’s ability to heal and self-regulate.

For the best Chiropractic care in Gilbert, AZ call 480-325-6977 to meet and schedule a free consultation with the doctors at Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center.  The doctors are the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonists in AZ providing gentle, precise care for the entire family – no popping or cracking!


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