In the simplest of definitions and descriptions, the terms “chiropractic” and “chiropractic care” refer to an alternative form of health and medical care that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal system disorders. Additionally, the practice is concerned with how those disorders affect an individual’s general health. The emphasis of chiropractic care is on joint adjustment and manipulation (i.e. manual therapy). Today, there are more than 100 countries where practicing chiropractors are available.
D.D. Palmer, a magnetic healer living in Davenport, Iowa is credited with founding the first chiropractic care facility in the mid 1890’s. Since the inception of it, there has been a great deal of controversy regarding spinal joint dysfunction theory and its role in treating diseases of a non-musculoskeletal nature. Most of the controversy is attributed to the metaphysical and vitalistic origins of the practice. However, chiropractic practices are prevalent in Australia, Europe, and North America.
Most individuals who visit a chiropractor do so for treating and relieving lower back pain. It is estimated that over 22 million Americans get chiropractic care on an annual basis. Of that 22 million, roughly 35% or 7.7 million individuals are suffering from lower back pain that is attributed to accidents, muscle strain, and sports injuries. However, many individuals visit chiropractors for headaches, including migraines, and pain in their arms, legs, and neck. In addition to the above, the plan of treatment selected will vary from one person to the next.
Since no two individuals are ever alike where chiropractic care is concerned, the causes of lower back pain and pain in the other areas of the body mentioned above will vary, the chiropractor treating you will research your medical history in order to determine the cause. As a result, they will select a treatment plan that addresses your exclusive condition and your personal needs.
Dr. Paul Curcio