When you hear the word “Chiropractor”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Pain relief, right? It’s true that Chiropractic does help with musculoskeletal complaints, but that’s not what has kept Chiropractic a separate and distinct healthcare profession for the last 118 years.
Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by a man named D.D. Palmer. Dr. Palmer didn’t formulate this form of treatment to relieve someone’s back pain. Instead, he discovered the power of spinal alignment when he adjusted a deaf man and restored his hearing. Since that time, it’s a practice and profession that’s shown exponential growth and steadily gained popularity.
Once thought to be an “alternative” form of medicine, today, it’s very much considered mainstream. Chiropractors are now the third largest group of medical providers in the United States behind physicians and dentists.
The philosophy of care in chiropractic medicine is focused on the overall wellbeing and optimized general health of an individual. Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system and the effects that these conditions can have on one’s general health.
Many people think of chiropractors as “bone crackers”. This is true but it’s also an oversimplification. The cornerstone of chiropractic care is spinal manipulation. It’s a highly technical and specific method used to re-align the vertebrae, the bones of the spinal column. In order for the body to function properly, it must be properly aligned.
Spinal manipulation restores proper musculoskeletal structure (alignment), which allows the body the opportunity to heal itself.
Chiropractic medicine is a non-surgical approach that emphasizes drug-free pain relief and approaches evaluation and care from a global perspective, employing many different modalities to achieve and maintain optimal health. In addition to spinal manipulation, many chiropractors incorporate therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises along with nutritional, dietary and lifestyle modification counseling into their care.
Here at Olive Branch Chiropractic, we believe your body should always be performing at the highest level possible – whether you’re walking your dog, walking up the stairs or playing golf. Chiropractic care offers safe, natural treatment for patients of all ages. At Olive Branch Chiropractic, we provide natural treatment for a range of pain, illnesses and injuries. To make an appointment, contact us today.