Chiropractic care dates back to ancient Egypt. This modality took root in 1895 when David Palmer presented the theory that all illnesses had the root of their problems in the spine and the nervous system. According to Palmer, when the vertebrae are misaligned, the person will experience any number of ailments.
Chiropractic care holds that the body has the innate ability to heal itself if it can achieve balance or homeostasis. When we have a misalignment of joints, this is said to cause an imbalance in the nerves and cells. The chiropractor after several treatments gets our spines back in alignments and we are surprised by how much better we feel.
The proof of Chiropractic working is seen on x rays taken before and after the treatment series, usually for a month to two months. The chiropractor will give you specific adjustments designed to place your spine back in its natural position. They may also use electric stimulation to get the muscles to relax better while this is going on. This does not hurt, but rather feels like little ants crawling on your back.
When chiropractic care started, insurances wouldn’t recognize it as a health treatment. However, today, in the 2000’s, some insurances have started to see the benefits and have added it to their policies so people can get the specific help they need from a trained specialist. Medicare covers the treatments and most third party payors accept claims from chiropractor visits.
The manipulation of the spine has shown to produce good results for back and neck pain, headaches, and musculoskeletal problems. Some say it even helps with infectious diseases to strengthening the immune system. Adjustments are given in the office and are painless. You may hear a “crack” as the air pops out of the joint being manipulated. They are non-invasive treatments and you will start to feel better after the very first one.