What is Chiropractic?
From the American Chiropractic Association:
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. At Denver Chiropractic, we strive to offer the best in care.
Who performs chiropractic?
From the American Chiropractic Association:
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
How does chiropractic differ from other forms of health care?
As a Denver resident, you will notice a wide variety of health care practitioners from medical doctors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapist, osteopaths, and chiropractors. What makes the chiropractor unique is that we mainly treat the central nervous system via adjusting the spinal joints. The nervous system regulates all functions of your body. So, controlling the nervous system is one of the most profound treatments available.
As a Denver chiropractor, I realign the spinal joints and extremity joints and witness first hand the benefits of the manipulation procedure. Regardless of the philosophy, science, and rationale to a chiropractor’s decision to adjust the spine, the outcome is most often highly beneficial to the patient and with very low risk.
Denver CO Chiropractic Care – How does chiropractic work?
There have been research studies showing the multitude of benefits of spinal manipulation for certain conditions, and along with the studies comes many opinions on why chiropractic therapy works. In one sense, it does not matter why it works, although knowing the exact mechanisms would help allow us to determine the best candidates for chiropractic adjustments.
The neurological wiring of the nervous system is affected by chiropractic adjustments due to the relationship of the wiring of the joint and the central nervous system. It is like a house on a circuit breaker. If all of your kitchen appliances are wired together, and when one overloads the system, the others in the system will fail as well. At our Denver CO chiropractic clinic, we will take the time to discuss your condition and answer any questions you may have.
This is a very simplistic analogy, and if you want to know more about the philosophy and what science has uncovered of the chiropractic adjustment, I would be happy to have a personal conversation with you at our Denver CO chiropractic clinic.
A Historical Perspective
*From Dr. Arthur C. Croft, D.C., M.S., M.P.H.,
F.A.C.O.– Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology
1) Chiropractic manipulation predates “modern medicine” by several thousand years. The ancient
Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Hindus, Syrians, Babylonians, Tibetans, Sioux, Aztecs, and Mayans practiced it. Hippocrates himself, who is often referred to as the father of modern medicine, wrote several books on spinal manipulation.
2) Chiropractic is licensed as a healing art in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Island, and Puerto Rico. It is included in the worker’s compensation system in all states, and most private insurance companies cover chiropractic services. It’s also covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal employee worker’s compensation,
Postmaster’s Benefit Program, and the Mail handler’s Benefit Program. The IRS allows “medical” deductions for chiropractic care.
3) The CCE (Council on Chiropractic Education) is officially recognized as an accrediting agency by the US Department of Education. The CCE is a member of the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation (COPA) and the Council of Specialized Accrediting Agencies.
4) The following courses are taught in chiropractic colleges: philosophy, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, radiology, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, cellular physiology, biomechanics, x-ray physics, physical diagnosis, neuromusculoskeletal pathology, general pathology, ethics and jurisprudence, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, chiropractic, chiropractic manipulation, and physiotherapy.
5) Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are required to pass the four-part National Board Examinations, and in some states, a separate State Board Examination before receiving their license. Chiropractic physicians are regulated, in most states, by a State Board of Chiropractic Examiners – a body whose members are appointed by the Governor.
Chiropractic Maintenance Care
Some spinal related conditions benefit from routine chiropractic care. Sometimes our jobs or hobbies put to much postural stress on the back, leading to soreness, pain, or dysfunction. Spinal alignment takes upkeep, similar to all things, everything needs a certain amount of upkeep, or maintenance. A spinal “tune up” is just what the body needs from time to time. Read here about a study, “Maintenance Care for Chronic Low Back Pain“.
At Denver Chiropractic:
We strive to offer the best Denver CO chiropractic care. We are the oldest chiropractic clinic in Denver. Our service to the community is unparalleled in customer satisfaction.