What is Chiropractic?
“Medicine is the study of disease and what causes men to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes men to live.” – BJ Palmer
Chiropractic began in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa as a form of hands-on healing. The philosophy of chiropractic is that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. Interference in self-regulation is what causes the body to break down and become susceptible to illness, disease, and pain. Interference comes in three forms:
- Trauma, which can be major trauma such as falls and accidents or micro-trauma from bad posture or poor work ergonomics.
- Toxins such as environmental pollutions in our air and water, chemicals in our beauty and cleaning products or pesticides in our food.
- Stress, which we all experience every day.
Trauma, toxins, and stress lead to misalignments in the vertebral column or spine. These misalignments, called subluxations, impinge upon the very delicate nerves that exit the spinal column from the base of your skull down to your low back. Pressure on the spinal nerves not only causes pain, muscle spasm, numbness, and loss of motion but also causes a decrease in function to any organ or tissue that is supplied by those nerves.
When a person’s organs are functioning at a higher level, they often experience normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a decrease in symptoms of asthmas and allergies, fewer headaches, fewer colds and flues, better digestion and elimination of waste as well as healthy hormonal function.
Chiropractors are the only health care providers trained and licensed to correct vertebral subluxations.
The education process for Doctors of Chiropractic begins with a four-year bachelor’s degree in health sciences followed by five years of Chiropractic College where courses studied mirror medical schools such as anatomy and physiology, pathology, microbiology, biochemistry, and toxicology. Chiropractic students also study radiology, nutrition and chiropractic adjusting techniques to locate and correct subluxations.
In addition, many Doctors of Chiropractic do additional coursework in diagnosis and treatment of extremity conditions, issues of pregnancy, pediatric illnesses, and nutritional deficiencies and sports injuries.
At Khoury Chiropractic, we take a whole body approach to health. We care for patients from infancy to the senior years for a myriad of health concerns utilizing chiropractic adjustments, nutrition, and exercise. This allows each of our patients to experience and express the health that they deserve.