What is Chiropractic Medicine?

What is chiropractic medicine? This is a question that has nagged the chiropractic profession itself since it was founded more than a century ago by self-professed spiritual healer Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian beekeeper, teacher and grocer who lived in Davenport, Iowa. What originally began as a naturopathic, or vitalistic, approach to general health based on the metaphysical relationship between the spine and the human nervous system has evolved into a field that deals specifically with spine-related disorders and their symptoms. A modern, socially accepted definition of chiropractic medicine might be as simple as the manual manipulation of the spinal anatomy to alleviate pain without medication or surgery. The field’s history is much more complex than that simplified definition.

Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Therapy

Palmer, the founder of chiropractics, once claimed to restore hearing to a nearly deaf janitor through spinal manipulation. Few chiropractors make such claims today, because the field of chiropractics has attempted over the years to move collectively into the medical mainstream. In essence, chiropractors believe that the body has a powerful self-healing ability; that the structure of the spine and the functionality of the body are closely related; and that therapy, in the form of manually returning the spine to its “normal” position, can facilitate the spine-body-health relationship. People who suffer from the following conditions often seek help from chiropractors:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Sciatica
  • Tension headache
  • Shoulder, arm or leg pain

When Chiropractic Medicine is not Enough

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