What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a science that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
Manipulations (which most people call chiropractic) are only a fraction of the science of chiropractic and one of the techniques that chiropractors, physiotherapists, and osteopaths who practice chiropractic and osteopathy techniques use in their offices.
The purpose of manipulation in therapy is to increase mobility and function in the treated joint with the quick and effective movements of chiropractors / physiotherapists / osteopaths.
How do manipulations work?
Manipulation (HVLA) is a manual technique in which the therapist uses high-speed and low-amplitude movements to relieve blockage within the joint and restore normal mobility.
Manipulation works through 3 mechanisms:
- Biomechanical mechanism - by manipulating the joint we free the intra-articular space and restore normal mobility
- Muscle - reflex mechanism-spinal manipulation causes reflex reactions in the muscles that consequently significantly reduce muscle tone (tension)
- Neurological mechanism - the mechanism within the nervous system of the body
History of chiropractic
In 1895. Dr. David Palmer (in the picture) made what is now considered the first chiropractic treatment in history on a half - deaf janitor who worked at his facility. The janitor, while working in Dr. Palmer's office, bent down to pick up the trash can, at which point he heard a “crackling” sound inside his spine and partially lost his hearing. Dr. Palmer asked the janitor to lie down on the therapy table and manipulated his spine. The next day the janitor said to the doctor, " I hear the noises from the road!”. This is why Dr. Palmer opened the world's first chiropractic school.
Throughout history, there have been conflicts between osteopaths and chiropractors who have been doing similar techniques and yet very different philosophies regarding the sciences they practice. 10 years before Dr. Palmer laid the foundations of chiropractic science, Dr. Andrew Still laid the foundations of Osteopathy, which were very similar to those of chiropractic. Chiropractic focuses more on the joints and the spine, while osteopathy is based on a holistic (body and spirit are one) approach.
In our office, we believe and apply the foundations of Osteopathy because we believe that in order to solve the cause of the problem, human segments can not be viewed separately, but as a whole.
Frequently asked questions about chiropractic:
Short answer: No.
The longer answer: depending on in whose hands the manipulation is in, the dose of danger is determined.
In the hands of an unprofessional and self-taught person performing manipulation can be extremely dangerous.
In the hands of a highly trained physiotherapist, osteopath, or chiropractor, the technique is usually harmless.
Short answer: No
Longer answer: chiropractic or spinal manipulation does not set the joints in place as widely believed.
The sound of ”cracking " that occurs during manipulation is actually a pop of air inside the joint of the spine.
Like all manual therapy treatments, chiropractic treatments do not need to be done regularly.
The purpose of the manipulation is to release tension in the joint, restore normal motion and allow the patient to continue with mobility and strength exercises.