Chiropractic is a profession greatly misunderstood by the general public. There are many reasons for this, but that is not the intention of this blog entry to explain. Chiropractic is a system of adjusting the bones of the spinal column (vertebrae) in order to remove misalignments of these vertebrae to restore proper function of the Nervous System which is encapsulated and protected by these bones.
It was established in 1895 and has survived despite benevolent opposition over these 100+ years, thanks to the demand of the public and those benefiting from it. Chiropractic is NOT exercises. Chiropractic is NOT massage. Chiropractic is NOT physiotherapy (TENS units/cold laser etc.) Chiropractic is NOT weight loss. Chiropractic is NOT nutritional therapy. However, unfortunately, many Chiropractors utilized these therapies in their office, further confusing patients what Chiropractic really is.
It is EXTREMELY important to clarify that there is nothing wrong with the aforementioned therapies, in fact they’re quite often a necessity. The problem comes when a patient is seen by a Chiropractor, is NOT adjusted by that Chiropractor, yet has all sorts of therapies done. Now this patient new to “Chiropractic” has a misconstrued understanding of what Chiropractic is, what a Chiropractor does, and how adjustments of their spine affects their health in a way unlike any of the aforementioned therapies.
There is a huge internal political struggle happening inside the profession at this time. There are many inside the profession who are trying to change the very essence of what Chiropractic is. Its terminology, its uses, its own philosophy. I am in complete support of keeping Chiropractic’s principles and lexicon.
Leave questions in the comments section to clarify anything written above. There could probably be a book written on each sentence of this post.