What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic doctors practice natural, drugless, non-invasive health care and rely on the body's ability to self-heal.
Sounds ideal, but just how does it work?
Like other health-care providers, Dr. White follows a standard routine to gain information about the patient. He consults, reviews the case history, conducts a physical examination, and he may take an x-ray in our office or request for you to have an out-of-office laboratory analysis. Unlike other health-care providers, however, chiropractic physicians conduct a careful analysis of the patient's structure, paying particular attention to the spine.
Using the information gathered, a diagnosis is made. Included in the diagnosis is the probable reason for your pain or discomfort. It is important to note that chiropractors seek the origin of the illness in order to eliminate it-we do not simply treat the symptoms. For instance, if the migraine headache you've had all week is being caused by misaligned vertebra and an irritated nerve, do you continue to take pain killers indefinitely, or do you realign the vertebra to prevent the pain?
Chiropractors have a term for misalignments: subluxations. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment or dislocation of the bones that protect the spinal cord. The severity of the subluxation can vary, and there are a number of potential contributing factors that can be physical, emotional, mental, or chemical. The subluxation can be caused by any number of incidents, from an auto accident to simple repetition or over-use.