Chiropractic

Your neck and back hurts, and medical treatments and physical therapy alone does not seem to work. With every step, reach, twist, lift and bend the pain stops you in your tracks. Or perhaps it comes and goes. Like millions of Americans you have gone to great lengths and great expense to find relief, any relief. How about Chiropractic?

Now before you jump to conclusions about Chiropractors, Chiropractors are doctors. Officially their title is Doctor of Chiropractic which although very impressive sounding, isn't terribly easy to say. So we refer to them as Chiropractors.

Before a Chiropractor lays their hands on your back or neck, they have laid their eyes on hundreds of books. 4 Years at a university and continued with post-graduate education (usually 3-4 years at a Chiropractic College). Anatomy, histology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, x-rays and spinal adjusting techniques are just a handful of topics they've studied. Chiropractors must then pass rigorous National Board and State licensing Board exams. 

But what does this mean to you and your pain? It can mean the difference between living with pain (how many times have you heard "You'll just have to live with it!") or a life with little or no pain.

Chiropractors specialize in back and neck pain. That's their primary focus. Their main area of expertise. They are experts and unequaled in their knowledge of the back and neck. They offer hands-on, effective treatments. Treatments do not include surgery or medications. The reason for no medications: we feel that the body can heal itself if given the chance. Give your body it's chance, before drugs and surgery! You'll be glad you did.

The History of Chiropractic

The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 18, 1895, more than 105 years ago, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a teacher and healer who was born in Ontario. At the time Dr. Palmer was trying to understand the cause and effect of diseases. The patient, Harvey Lillard, was a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Iowa. Mr. Lillard had bent over, under the stairs, hurt his back and had complained of hearing problems as a result for over 17 years. He allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine to see if anything could be done. Dr. Palmer discovered a "lump" on Harvey's back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of "alignment" and "pinching" a nerve to Harvey's ears. With an admittedly unrefined technique, Dr. Palmer adjusted the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several such treatments, Harvey's hearing was restored.

This dramatic beginning caused much excitement. Soon exaggerated claims surfaced from activists and zealots. Even Dr. Palmer thought at first he had discovered a cure for deafness. As these 'miracle' stories became commonplace, the controversy surrounding chiropractic began. While it seemed reasonable to Chiropractors and patients to assume that their major diseases had been 'cured', in many cases the problem was an error in the original diagnosis. The doctor may have assumed the patient had a heart problem when in fact the pain in the client's chest resulted from a rib sprain, not a heart problem.

For decades, science has recognized the existence of the nervous system, and it's roll in controlling and directing the body's life sustaining functions. Dr. Palmer was correct with his reasoning that any pressure or restriction imposed on the nerve strands by a misalignment in the spinal segments must have an immediate or long term detrimental affect on those functions of the body served by the restricted nerves.

Correct the misalignment, he suggested, and given time for the body's natural recuperative powers to do their work, the ailment will disappear, not as a direct consequence of the adjustment, but because vital messages to and from the brain will once again be transmitted without let or hindrance.

Palmer called the message-carrying energized impulses which pass along various nerve strands-sensory, autonomic, sympathetic, parasympathetic and so on-basically the 'life-force" and he promptly earned the wrath of orthodox medicine.

Anatomical research scientists have proved that energy, measurable energy, flows along the nerve strands. Chiropractic has now entered it's second century having spread around the globe. Every day, Chiropractors bring relief from pain to millions of people within a sound, safe and evidence-based approach to health and wellness of the whole person. It is the the largest non-drug, hands-on health care profession in the Western world.

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