Top Facts About Chiropractic Therapy You Should Know
What is chiropractic therapy
Before launching into an in-depth discussion about chiropractic therapy, it is certainly worth going back to basics. The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from two Greek words: ‘chiro’ (which means hand) and ‘practices’ (which means practical). Thus, chiropractic therapy involves a therapist using their hands to improve your wellbeing.
Chiropractic therapy is more than just massage, however. On the contrary, chiropractic therapy is a holistic therapy that focuses on the workings of spine; it includes advice on diet, lifestyle, and exercise alongside manual manipulation of the spinal column. The following are top facts about chiropractic therapy.
One of the key aspects of chiropractic therapy is vertebral subluxation. This refers to the signs and symptoms relating to the spinal column. More often that not, chiropractic therapists will analyze the spine’s relations to the workings of the visceral organs (the heart, lungs, kidneys and so on), to treat their patients holistically through massaging and manually manipulating their spine.
What ailments can a chiropractor treat?
Chiropractic therapy can be used to treat any disease that relates to the spine. Some of the most common reasons that people seek the help of a chiropractor include lower back pain, general back pain and neck pain. Sports injuries, poor posture, and necks that ache after long flights can all be treated with the aid of chiropractic therapy. Also, chiropractic therapy is often employed to speed up a person’s recovery time after a back injury or a fall.
Some chiropractic therapists move beyond the spine, and state that they can treat other ailments such as infant colic, asthma and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Chiropractors such as these may have a ‘vitalist’ view of the human body, and especially the spine. The vitalist viewpoint emphasizes the natural intelligence latent in the spine and views the spine as a living being in its right.
Facts and figures
We can employ statistics to supplement the above facts about chiropractic therapy. The American Chiropractic Association (the official body that teaches and regulates chiropractic therapy in the US) states that there are around 77, 000 chiropractic doctors in the country. They can be recognized by the fact that they place the initials ‘DC’ after their names. Also, there are around 10, 000 students studying chiropractic therapy in accredited institutions across the USA.
When it comes to the numbers of people who use chiropractic therapy, the numbers are high! The American Chiropractic Association has found that over 27 adults and children are treated by chiropractors every year.