What is Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a branch of modern medicine that focuses primarily on the relationship between the bones, nervous system, and muscles of the body. The Chiropractic science, art, and philosophy believes that the body is a self-healing organism controlled and regulated by our nervous systems and that proper function of the nervous system is vital to overall health and wellness. Doctors of Chiropractic can assess the health of the nervous system in many different ways, some of which may be familiar to you, others may be new. You may be asked questions about falls and injuries, which you may not have considered important. You will notice that the Chiropractor is very interested in every detail of your condition and will always take time to give complete attention to your problems. Once the problem has been identified, the doctor will begin a thorough exam of the problem area, paying special attention to the alignment and function of the spine, as well as look for other contributors to the problem.

    The doctor of Chiropractic must first obtain a 4 year undergraduate degree, he or she then undergoes 4 additional years of rigorous specialized training in the detection and resolution of the root cause of neuromusculoskeletal problems. This training includes Physical and Differential Diagnosis, Diagnostic Radiology, Soft Tissue Therapy, Physical Therapy, Manual Manipulation of almost every joint in the body and much, much more. The philosophy of chiropractic started in ancient China. While the modern research backed evidence of chiropractics effectiveness would not come until may decades later, the  practitioners of the time understood the incredible healing power that the body possesses and were able to utilize this by way of moving the bones of the body in very specific ways. These “Bone-Setters” as they were called helped mold the idea that the body can only heal itself when it is operating at a high level. Que the phrase “The body is a self-healing organism.” It’s true. Physicians know that at the very best, all their wisdom, procedures and medication can do is to help create an environment in which the body heals itself. This is at the heart of the chiropractic philosophy!

    Today, we understand the incredible affects that chiropractic adjustments have on the nervous system, and therefore the rest of the body, by conducting controlled studies comparing adjustments to other possible remedies, such as medication, surgery, and several other options. The result is that chiropractic adjustments are the “Treatment of Choice” for many different ailments such as whiplash, low back pain, Headaches and the list goes on. Chiropractic has also been shown to provide better long term results than many other common treatments such as NSAID’s (Iburophen, Acetaminophen ect.).

    If you are still unsure if chiropractic may be right for you or you have an other questions about the chiropractic profession call Dr. Ludwig at (712) 943-6020 and he would be happy to answer your questions.