The chiropractic profession was founded in 1895 by a man named D. D. Palmer, who developed the concept that the body has an internal power to heal itself.
By choice, chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, and instead utilize natural approaches to allow the body to heal. Chiropractors treat primarily the spine and its attachments to restore function and health. They are facilitators of health and utilize a variety of approaches, including adjustments, physical therapeutic modalities, exercise routines, nutritional recommendations, orthotics and daily living modifications.
There are roughly 70,000 doctors of chiropractic in the US, who are concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many disorders of the body. They treat a variety of conditions, ranging from back and neck pain to shoulder, hand, or feet disorders. Doctors of chiropractic are fully accredited and licensed in every state and have become well-accepted as a complimentary healthcare providers.
Chiropractic philosophy differs dramatically from the traditional medical philosophy of health. The medical establishment believes that drugs can bring a body back to a healthy state. Organs are sometimes removed or transplanted to keep the system 'functioning'. This approach to health is termed an OUTSIDE-IN approach, because external factors such as drugs and surgery are used to treat a condition.
Chiropractic philosophy, on the other hand, proposes that your body's intelligence system flows via the nervous system to organs, tissue, and every last cell of your body. Since the human body is designed to self-heal and self-regulate, a blockage in the nervous system, in the form of subluxation; will impair the "signal flow" along the nerve paths. This causes malfunction in the body, eventually resulting in disease.
The chiropractic approach is to stimulate the body - through adjustments - to correct itself naturally and without the sometimes harmful external influences. This approach to health is termed an INSIDE-OUT approach.
Chiropractic treatment neither removes nor adds anything to the body. Chiropractic stimulates self-healing, the way our bodies were designed to overcome disease and distress.