The professional level of chiropractic care began in the year 1895, and since then has become an increasingly popular alternative to orthopedics when treating for many injuries. Chiropractic treatment has also become a more accepted practice when treating injuries to discs in the spine. .
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts, which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the causes of many diseases begin with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. Chiropractic attempts to treat these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a skeletal area of the body, which is not functioning right. (5).
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as different as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's condition and arrive at a decision of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, lab analysis, and x-ray examination as any orthopedics doctor. They also provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, giving special attention to the spine. From the research I examined I found the spine to be a main source of conclusions for many chiropractors.
The examination of the spine is meant to evaluate the structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care options. The spinal column is a series of movable bones that start at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and pass through a series of openings.