Family Chiropractic Care and Nutrition
Bruce B. Lee, Chropractic Physician
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding
that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system
(especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts
of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos,
meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the
idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability
to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the
use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal
area of the body which is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as
vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure
of examination to diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of
treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation,
case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination
as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural
examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes
chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column
is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end
in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down
the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves
leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living
tissue in your body.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors
can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing
irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions
in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this
irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently
and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs,
wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health.
While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic
do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated.
In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health
care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine,
and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
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