Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. The body is a dynamic, self-organizing, self-maintaining, self-healing organism. Simply, the job of a chiropractor is to remove the interferences that suppress the healing process and let the body do what it was innately designed to do. Chiropractors do this primarily by using their hands to deliver a specific adjustment to the bones and tissues of the spine or other parts of the body.
What differentiates the chiropractic profession is that chiropractors are the only professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat what are called spinal subluxations. The word “subluxation” is derived from the Latin words (sub) meaning “somewhat or slight" and (luxate) “to dislocate”. So, the term spinal subluxation literally means a slight dislocation or misalignment of the bones in the spine. The presidents of several chiropractic colleges of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) developed a consensus definition of "subluxation" in 1996. It reads: "Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation. A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed, and managed through the use of chiropractic procedures based on the best available rational and empirical evidence."
"Chiropractic is a combination of science, philosophy and art." ~Dr. Terry Barnett
Chiropractors also strive to empower their patients with the knowledge and tools they need to take responsibility for their wellness and journey toward achieving their personal, optimum level of health. It is important to acknowledge patients’ intuitive self-awareness in the healing process. You are the world’s foremost authority on yourself.
When a misalignment occurs, a chiropractor can correct it and allow the bone to return to its proper position. This procedure is appropriately called an adjustment which allows the body to heal itself naturally. A chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. Most patients experience relief immediately after an adjustment.