Chiropractic care is an alternative form of treatment. And even though it is now a very popular form of healthcare, not everyone is familiar with the way it works. Some people don’t know what chiropractors do. Some people have misconceptions regarding chiropractic treatment. Some get intimidated by the term “spinal adjustment”.
In order to understand chiropractic treatment, it helps to know about the philosophy it follows. Like most alternative treatment methods, it operates under a specific philosophy that helps guide its function.
On this article, we will discuss how chiropractors think and practice. Let’s take a closer look.
The Philosophy of Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic care focuses on the integrity of the spine, as well as the surrounding tissues. It works by realigning the spine as a means to enhance normal human function and health. We all know that the human body has an excellent way of repairing itself. But for this, proper structure is necessary.
The body seeks proper balance among all its systems—organs and organ systems that are supposed to work with each other in the first place. If a structure is impaired by injury or stress, you can expect itto function less effectively.
Chiropractors understand that if the spine is not positioned normally, it can irritate the nerves exiting the spine. They provide spinal adjustments using targeted movements in order to restore the alignment of the spine, and therefore provide relief for localized discomfort and pain. They reduce discomfort at the point of irritation to provide instant benefits.
We can classify chiropractic care as a holistic type of treatment. It treats the body and provides physical relief; it eases the mind by relaxing the patient; it even improves the person’s health and well-being in a way that enhances their quality of life.
All these benefits simply stem from an understanding of the way the body maintains health.
D.D. Palmer was the one who founded chiropractic care, and he made use of the concept of innate intelligence or how the spine affects every other part of the body, in order to come up with a form of healthcare that benefits the entire musculoskeletal system.
Palmer knew that distortions in the spinal column could hinder the body’s systems. And by using manual realignment through spinal manipulation, a chiropractor can ensure the proper function of spinal nerves.
How Does a Chiropractor Think?
Well the main priority of a chiropractor—as with any other healthcare provider—is the safety and wellbeing of their patient. If spinal adjustments won’t benefit them in any form, then they won’t go through with it. Instead, they may suggest a different type of treatment, depending on your condition.
If chiropractic care is suitable to the patient’s condition, then the chiropractor will consider the various biological, psychological, and social factors affecting the patient.
Biological factors would include all the physical problems that the patient faces.
Psychological factors include the patient’s anxiety, fear, depression, or any other mental health condition that may affect their healing rate.
Social factors include the person’s work or career—some of which are more physically demanding. A professional athlete, for example, will be exposed o tremendous amounts of physical strain. They are also at risk of sports injuries. A chiropractor can help reduce their down time by restoring their range of motion.
Now that you understand the basic philosophy of chiropractic care, you can approach this unfamiliar form of treatment with a clearer picture in mind. You can visit a local chiropractic clinic to learn more.
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