What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the art, science, and philosophy of natural healing. It concentrates on conservatively restoring or enhancing wellness without relying upon drugs and surgery. Its origins can be traced to the beginning of recorded history with ancient mentions of spinal manipulation and pain relief as far back as 2700 B.C. While chiropractic's American roots go back more than 115 years, its basic premise of natural health dates back to spinal manipulations first used by the Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of healing, during the 4th century B.C. He wisely wrote, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases".

Although the appearance of painful symptoms may be the initial reason why many patients request healthcare, doctors of chiropractic do not treat symptoms. Chiropractors look for the source of dysfunction rather than attempting to mask the resulting pain. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection and correction of joint misalignments with resultant nervous system dysfunction.

The spinal cord, a critical part of the central nervous system, is responsible for the transmission of messages to and from the brain. These nerve impulses are necessary to direct every part of the human body in proper function whether walking, sleeping, or digesting. A spinal or other joint malfunction can interrupt the transmission of these messages and affect the body's nervous system causing muscle pain, organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.