What Is Chiropractic?


Chiropractic comes from the Greek words chiro and praktikos, meaning to do by hand. A Doctorate in Chiropractic typically requires 4 years of undergraduate education, followed by 4 years of specialized training in an accredited Chiropractic college. Training includes extensive hours in human sciences, practical lab, diagnostics, and treatment.

Chiropractic is a form of non-invasive health care that does not use drugs or surgery, used to treat many of the body’s ailments. Most patients see their Chiropractor to treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions, such as low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, and injuries.

Though the methods may vary, a Chiropractor treats by providing an “adjustment.” When a person feels pain, it is the body’s natural reaction to tell a person that something is wrong. Whether headache, repetitive stress, herniated vertebral disc, or whiplash, the body sees it as an injury. The body not only feels the pain to indicate something is wrong, but the joints also become hypomobile (unable to move properly) and misaligned. These joints that no longer move in an ordinary manner are referred to as a subluxation. In order to correct these subluxations, a Doctor of Chiropractic applies a highly skilled adjustment to restore proper motion in these joints. The adjustment will make the proper correction needed to the joint, leading to proper biomechanics of that joint. This will allow the body to function as it was meant to, thus allowing the body to properly heal itself.

When the adjustment is provided, patients may often hear a “popping” sound. This popping sound is referred to as a cavitation, which is an indication of gases being released from solution in the joint capsules. Though many patients report liking the cavitation, many also form a phobia of it. For either patient, it is important to know that: (1) The cavitation is not a clear indication of the adjustment since it often times does not occur, and (2) That the Chiropractic adjustment is highly safe.

Only your Chiropractor can determine when an adjustment needs to be performed and more importantly, when it is not needed. A Doctor of Chiropractic will perform a thorough clinical examination to determine what your body needs. For further information, or to find out if Chiropractic care can help you, please call to make an appointment for a consultation.