What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. An emphasis is placed upon the integrity of the spinal column and its relationship to the spinal cord and/or nervous system and general health. A thorough examination with neurological testing and x-rays are used as diagnostic tools. Hands-on techniques are then used to restore the body’s proper alignment which can relieve pressure on nerves and restore damaged nerve pathways. Doctors of chiropractic have as much schooling as Medical doctors, with the primary difference being the focus of study. While the medical doctor’s study focuses on pharmacology, a chiropractor’s study focuses on anatomy, physiology, chiropractic technique, and nutrition.
Chiropractors are spinal specialists but their scope of practice does not stop there. The rigorous doctor of chiropractic schooling allows each doctor to diagnose and treat a myriad of health conditions. Today, integrated health care allows the medical doctor, the physical therapist, the chiropractor and many other health professionals to work together for the benefit of the patient.