It is possible that you have heard about chiropractic but you don’t know what it is all about and that is the reason why you are reading this. Read on to understand what chiropractic is all about.
Etymologically, the word chiropractic is Greek in origin. It literally means to carry out with the hand. In its modern usage, it means a treatment method in which the body structure is manually manipulated in order to relieve headache, low back pain and reduce high blood pressure. The joints and muscles are also treated using this method of treatment.
This method of treatment has gone of age. It is not a modern invention. The evidence of existence of chiropractic intervention in the ancient time can be seen from the ancient Egyptian and Greek paintings. However, Daniel David Palmer founded the modern chiropractic in 1895 in the United States of America. Today, chiropractic intervention has become an accepted method of treating joints, muscles, relieving backache and headache and also reducing high blood pressure.
Today, in most countries like in the US, chiropractic professional require license in order to practice. The registration or license is issued by the General Chiropractic Council. Chiropractic professionals are referred to as doctors but this is not by medical qualification. It is only a courtesy title.
Some people erroneously think that chiropractic treatment is painful. Contrary to the thinking of these people, chiropractic treatment causes no pain to the patient. There are different techniques used in chiropractic treatment. It is left for chiropractic professional to choose a suitable technique for a particular case.
One of the most widely used chiropractic techniques is manipulation treatment. In this technique, the chiropractic doctor manually moves the joint of the patient beyond the extent the patient can move it by himself or herself. This technique helps to normalize function of the muscles and joints, get rid of pain or relieves it. However, this technique is applied on patients with history of joint instability or severe neck injury or diseases like osteoarthritis.
Soft tissue treatment technique
There are chiropractic massages and stretching techniques that are used to treat body’s soft tissues such as the muscles and tendons.
Types of pains treated by chiropractic
There are different kinds of pains that can be treated with chiropractic techniques. Most chiropractic hospital visits are as result of back and neck pain. However, there are some people affected by poor functioning of the joints and muscles which cause them some pain. This condition can also be treated with chiropractic treatment.
Sometimes problems in the nervous system can cause sciatica, tension and pains chest, stomach and legs. Chiropractic adjustment can be used in treating this kind of pain.
Pains in other parts of the body can also be caused by badly functioning joints and muscles. This type of pain is known as referred pains. This type of pain which can occur in the shoulders, hips, feet, elbows and knees can be treated with chiropractic adjustment.