The origins of chiropractic care can be traced to the early 19th century when it was first used as a treatment for back pain. Chiropractic works by working on the spine and the nervous system to help improve movement and function in the body so that patients can have better posture and greater range of motion, which are one of the main reasons that people visit chiropractors for care. Chiropractic care is used in conjunction with other types of health care such as massage, exercise, acupuncture, and physical therapy.
Chiropractic uses diagnostic tests to determine what the problem is and then tries to find a solution to provide relief for the patient. Some patients may need spinal adjustments, while others will get relief from chiropractic treatments and other methods of treatment. Patients will receive instruction on how to perform self-adjustments but will most likely be given a referral to a local chiropractor. Some chiropractors will use x-rays of the spine and hands of their patients to detect subluxations in the spine and to determine the cause of the subluxation.
Subluxation occurs when pressure or irritation occurs in the neuromusculoskeletal system and it results in an ache or discomfort. If not addressed, the irritation will result in pain and inflammation that can cause movement and function to decrease. If the cause of the subluxation is determined, it will be treatable by chiropractic adjustments. Other illnesses that chiropractors can treat include appendicitis, Candida, bulimia, cellulite, colitis, conjunctivitis, colds, flu, Hypertension, Infection, Lupus, Muscle pain, urinary tract infections, rotator cuff problems, thyroid disorders, and many other health issues. In fact, there are so many conditions that chiropractors are trained to treat that there is no limit as to how many ailments can be treated by this alternative method of medicine.