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Chiropractic - Introduction

Chiropractic is a health care approach that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure–mainly the spine–and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself.

The term "chiropractic" combines the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) to describe a treatment done by hand. Hands-on therapy–especially adjustment of the spine–is central to chiropractic care. Chiropractic, which in the United States is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. A group of diverse medical & health care systems, practices and products that are presently not considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine(CAM), is based on these key concepts:

The body has a powerful self-healing ability. The body's structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function are closely related, and this relationship affects health. Therapy aims to normalize this relationship between structure and function and assist the body as it heal

While some procedures associated with chiropractic care can be traced back to ancient times, the modern profession of chiropractic was founded by Daniel David Palmer in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer, a self-taught healer, believed that the body has a natural healing ability. Misalignments of the spine can interfere with the flow of energy needed to support health, Palmer theorized, and the key to health is to normalize the function of the nervous system, especially the spinal cord.


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Side effects and risks depend on the specific type of chiropractic treatment used. For example, side effects from chiropractic adjustments can include temporary headaches, tiredness, or discomfort in parts of the body that were treated. The likelihood of serious complications, such as stroke  , appears to be extremely low and related to the type of adjustment performed and the part of the body treated.


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