People who are new to chiropractic treatment often ask, “What is Chiropractic?”. To begin with, chiropractors diagnose and treat health problems associated with the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems.
They believe interference with these systems impairs normal functions and lowers resistance to disease. The chiropractic approach to health care is holistic, stressing the patient’s overall well-being. Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, rest, environment, and physical stress. They use natural, drugless, non-surgical health treatments, and rely on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities. Chiropractors also recommend lifestyle changes – in eating, exercise, and sleeping habits, for example – to their patients. When appropriate, chiropractors consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners.
Chiropractors treat patients by restoring normal motion and alignment to joints, termed a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments allow your spine to function the way it was intended. Nerves that connect your brain with every cell in your body exit the spinal cord through openings between each vertebrae of the spine. If the spine is not functioning properly, or is misaligned, pressure is placed on those nerves. This, in turn, causes the nerves to send out mixed communications between your brain, muscles, organs and other tissues of the body…which causes numerous symptoms including aches and pains. Chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebrae, taking pressure off the nerves so your body can heal itself naturally from illness and injury.
The Doctor of Chiropractic is a highly trained health practitioner. Chiropractors are required in most states to have a bachelor’s degree prior to entering chiropractic school. Chiropractic college is a 5-year program, with one year being devoted to a clinical internship. Chiropractors are licensed by all 50 states. They have to pass a 4-part national board test in order to be licensed. North Carolina also requires that all of its chiropractors receive 24 hours of continuing education per year in order to maintain their licenses.