Chiropractic Philosophy FAQs
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system, consisting of your brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of your body, controls and regulates every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. Interference, compromise or distortion to nerve messages between the brain and body can produce pain locally at the spine and affect organs and tissues peripheral to the spine.
Chiropractors find areas of nerve interference along the spine from misaligned vertebrae called vertebral subluxation and use a series of precise chiropractic adjustments to bring wayward spinal bones into proper alignment, reducing nerve interference. With the bodys self-healing capacity restored, symptoms diminish and health returns.
Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
Depends upon what you mean be work. Chiropractic does not treat aches, pains, symptoms, diseases or conditions. Thats the practice of medicine.
Instead, chiropractors seek to locate and reduce vertebral subluxations that are producing nerve interference. If someone has vertebral subluxations and is simultaneously experiencing any one of a thousand different conditions, reducing vertebral subluxations can enhance health and well-being.
Are chiropractic results merely the result of the placebo effect?
The placebo effect (from the Latin I will please) is often a sugar pill or some type of sham treatment designed to invoke the beliefs of the patient. Yet, chiropractic care regularly helps newborns, infants and even pets, for whom the power of the believing mind is difficult or impossible to assess. Regardless of the type of intervention, its always helpful if the patient believes that it will be effective. However, you dont have to believe in chiropractic to enjoy its positive effects.
Why do chiropractors become chiropractors?
Most chiropractors choose a career path in chiropractic because of a profound personal experience with it themselves. In fact, for many chiropractors it is their second or third career.
Sure, some chiropractors have gravitated to the field because of the promise of easy money or see it as a way to be a doctor without going to medical school. As incomes have dropped and chiropractic college education increasingly resembles that of a medical doctor, this is far less prevalent today.
Most chiropractors choose chiropractic because they authentically want to help people and prefer natural, drug-and surgery-free solutions.