Chiropractic: What, Why and How?
For this blog post I thought I would take things back to basics and explore what I believe it means to be a chiropractor, what chiropractic involves and why I chose chiropractic in the first place.
Let’s take it back to the beginning with a short history of chiropractic. Chiropractic care was originally formulated in 1895 by D.D Palmer in Davenport, Iowa, USA. He developed the early theories around using specific adjustments to the spine to have an effect on the nervous system in order to restore function. This knowledge was passed on to his son B.J Palmer who further continued to develop this work and spread the message of Chiropractic across the world. Since then Chiropractic has taken on many forms and has expanded significantly. Nowadays Chiropractors are regarded as primary healthcare practitioners specialising in musculoskeletal healthcare in the form of Chiropractic adjustments and other manual therapies. This enables Chiropractors to treat a range of conditions from neck and back pain to headaches and sports injuries.
Personally I believe that Chiropractic allows me to aid people in being able to function and perform what it is that the need or want to do. This might range from being able to put your socks on in the morning without pain to competing on the highest of sporting stages. For me it is about personally tailored care, understanding and listening to the impact that the problem is having and coming up with a solution that will have an impact on the patient’s life in a positive way. This may involve purely chiropractic care or cooperation with other healthcare professionals. I enjoy combining traditional Chiropractic techniques such as spinal manipulative therapy with other areas such as exercise rehabilitation in order to restore function.
I found Chiropractic care following a series of long term rugby injuries and following a course of treatment I was able to have my first injury free season in a very long time! It changed the way that I understood what was good and what was bad for my body. It made me realise that no pain doesn’t necessarily mean no problem and that it was about managing my function in order to prevent further injury.
My advice to you would be don’t wait for things to get unbearable before you get them solved! See your Chiropractor and start to realise the best version of you today.
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