What's Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a non-surgical, drug-free philosophy of health care. Chiropractors must hold a "Doctor of Chiropractic" (D.C.) degree from an accredited chiropractic college, and be licensed by the state in which they practice. Chiropractors are primary care physicians, trained in orthopedic and neurological examination, x-ray, nutrition, and many other important areas. Currently, there are over 50,000 D.C.'s practicing making chiropractic the largest drugless healing art in the world.  

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Chiropractic is the second-largest school of healing in the United States and Canada, and the largest of the drugless disciplines.

Unlike the dominant medical system, which attempts to intervene in disease processes by the use of chemicals and surgery, Chiropractic concentrates on it's efforts in raising the health of the immune system to the highest functioning level possible for each individual patient.

Central to the work of the Chiropractic Physician is the 'Vertebral Subluxation,' scientifically known as the "vertebral subluxation complex" due to the physiological function of the spine. Vertebrae function in groups of 2 and 3, within the spine as a whole, like the valves of trumpet. Anatomically, each vertebra makes half of the intervertebral foramina (a hole where spinal nerves pass from the spinal cord outward to organs and tissues, and to the spinal cord from the organs and tissues.) Slight misalignments of the spine can cause impingement and alter the function of the nervous system. Increase or decrease of the mental impulse frequency over the nervous system deranges the body's ability to react to stress resulting in altered states of health.

The Chiropractor has a multitude of techniques for analysis and adjustment of the spinal subluxation complexes, which, when corrected, allow the patient to heal normally.

The Chiropractic Physician is concerned with the stressors that create subluxations initially, i.e. poor diet, poor muscle competence, bacterial or viral infections, mental/emotional stress, physical overload (working excessively and/or under poor working conditions, etc.) The doctor will discuss with the patient ways to modify these and other stressors, but the main concern of the Chiropractor is normalization of the nervous system.  

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(Definition from a Chiropractic Viewpoint)

Aberrant function of one vertebra or more than one contiguous vertebra which encompasses:

Ramifications beyond loss of motion and nerve function include:

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 St. Johns, Michigan 48879