Philosophy Behind Chiropractic

 Doctors of chiropractic believe in a holistic ("total person") approach to healing, which typifies the new changing attitude towards health. It is based on the concept of "maintaining health" versus "treating disease."

    Chiropractic philosophy includes:
  • recognition that dynamics exist between lifestyle, environment, and health
  • understanding the cause of illness in order to eliminate it, rather than simply treat symptoms
  • recognition of the centrality of the nervous system and its intimate relationship with the capacities of the human body.
  • a patient-centered, hands-on approach focused on influencing function through structure
  • focus on early intervention, emphasizing timely diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are wholly functional and reversible

Frequently Asked Questions

 How Does Chiropractic Work?

  Chiropractic works because you are self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine called a subluxation can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications. Helath often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

 What conditions do chiropractors treat?

  Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects 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.

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 Is the treatment appropriate for children?

  Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Bld. Arlington, VA 22209
www.acatoday.org

 Is chiropractic treatment safe?

 Yes, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective. While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic care when administered by a licensed practitioner. To assure competency, all states require that DCs be board-qualified, licensed, and regulated according to stringent criteria. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower for chiropractic because the use of prescription drugs and surgery are not used.

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1701 Clarendon Bld. Arlington, VA 22209
www.acatoday.org

 What treatment can I expect from a Chiropractor?