The Chiropractic profession was founded in the late 1800’s by Dr. D.D. Palmer in the American Midwest. He expanded upon an ancient technique of Chinese Medicine called bone-setting, which is a part of an umbrella term: Tuina. Similar to the concept of Qi in Chinese Medicine, Dr. Palmer believed health and wellness are governed by an innate life-force.
The modern Doctor of Chiropractic practices a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes a thorough patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. They may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.
The American Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. They (ACA) further describe that chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Chiropractic is often referred to as an alternative or complementary medicine, but Chiropractic is a holistic medicine and the Chiropractic Physician will not only bone-set/adjust/manipulate musculoskeletal maladies, but they will recommend rehabilitative exercises, and provide lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team. Integrative medicine is about providing healthcare with varied perspectives and complimentary tools, and the modern chiropractor who has roots dating back thousands of years, provides exactly that.