What is Chiropractic ?
Seymour Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a branch of the medical healing arts which is
based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part,
upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the
spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the
body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word
Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand."
Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease
processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its
environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use
of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a
musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning
improperly.

The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as
varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors
use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's
condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of
chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of
consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory
analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition,
they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying
particular attention to the spine.


The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function
is what makes chiropractic different from other health care
procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones
which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of
your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the
spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The
nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which
influences every living tissue in your body. Chiropractors are not
limited to just spinal and extremities (arm, hands, legs, feet)
treatment; they can help with many health issues!


Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless
other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of
the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These
irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body.
Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to
spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently
and more comfortably.


Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise
programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting
physical and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of
drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for
medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact,
chiropractors, medical doctors, and other health care
professionals now work as partners in occupational health,
sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation
practices.



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