Chiropractic care has been around longer than you might realize. In fact, it has been around since the times of Hippocrates, one of the most significant figures in the history of medicine. Hippocrates himself wrote of spinal manipulation back in 400 B.C. If we take a look at history, it is clear that chiropractic care has made many contributions to society and healthcare.
Like most professions, it started as an informal job. As it evolved, it became more formalized and structured to become what it is today. Regardless, many people are clueless as to what chiropractic means and what these professionals do. This lack of knowledge can create doubt, making many hesitate when it comes to trying chiropractic care. We are here to change that, to inform you of what the origin and contributions of chiropractic care are. Hopefully, being informed will open you to the benefits of chiropractic, which are life-changing.
Back in 1895, a man from Iowa by the name of Daniel David Palmer conducted a chiropractic adjustment on a janitor who was partially deaf. This, in turn, restored his hearing. This was the first reported case of chiropractic care in history, making Palmer the Father of Chiropractic and demonstrating the profound effect that it can have on health.
Palmer’s theory suggested that human beings have a plethora of natural healing power that is broadcasted through the nervous system. To him, treating patients was about refreshing this nerve supply to naturally replenish any organ that would be affected by illness. Organs that were not communicating properly with this nerve supply were labeled as “spinal misalignment” – scientifically known as subluxation.
It is important to note that before being named as we know it, chiropractic was a common practice known as bonesetting. Just as barber-surgeons and midwives, bonesetters were a usual part of healthcare in the 19th century. People would go to them when their joints needed to be put back into their place, which is still a function of the modern chiropractor. Then, Palmer named the practice as chiropractic from the Greek words “cheir” (hand) and “praktos” (practice); meaning performed by hand.
124 years later and the chiropractic profession has come a long way. It has finally been adopted by healthcare as one of its legitimate professions. Although regarded as alternative medicine and one of the complementary therapies, it is still covered by various health insurance plans depending on the health insurance company.
Chiropractors are now regarded as musculoskeletal system experts – known for treating neck pain, back pain, and conditions of the spine. Another role the vast majority are unaware of is that they can also prepare a personalized health plan, which can include dietary advice. They are trained to do this and so much more for their patients.
Chiropractic Contributions to Society
Nowadays, when you are watching television, the number of commercials advertising narcotics is surprising. What is even more incredible is the fact that these drugs carry more side effects than benefits. Naturally, this makes many think the risks are not worth it. This is where chiropractic care comes in.
Chiropractic offers an alternative to pain relief that does not involve any narcotics. After all, chiropractors pride themselves in offering care that is natural and non-invasive. However, pain relief is not the only benefit of chiropractic care. Because the nervous system controls a lot of the activity within the body, improving it will affect the other systems as well. This is why chiropractic adjustment can boost the immune system, improve sleep, relieve stress, increase mobility and more.
As proof of its effectiveness, chiropractic has been adopted by many A-list celebrities and athletes. Names such as Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and Tom Brady have all widely regarded chiropractic as a huge factor behind their success; and if you have heard of them, you know how successful they are.
Chiropractic care has also helped many individuals recover from car accidents, sports injuries, and other conditions. Not only is chiropractic care a form of treatment, but also a way in which people maintain good health.
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Benefits of involving chiropractic in mainstream healthcare
“Alternative” is a term typically paired with chiropractic; don’t be fooled by this. In the modern age, chiropractic is recognized as a health care profession in all 50 states. As well as places like Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and the U.S Virgin Islands. You would be able to find a chiropractic college and licensure anywhere in North America.
Although not seen as mainstream, chiropractors have slowly gained recognition. In a society where pain is usually addressed with narcotics, chiropractic provides an alternative treatment without the side effects. By targeting the root of the problem, it provides pain relief in the long term. Because although drugs are effective, they only relieve pain in the short term.
An evidence-based report in 2009 on population, health, and total healthcare spending has indicated that chiropractic care for back and neck pain has presented higher satisfaction rates, superior outcomes, and less expenses than other common current back and pain treatments. This further outlines the importance of mainstream healthcare to fully adopt chiropractic care.
Furthermore, chiropractic offers a variety of non-surgical treatments besides manipulation that are useful for managing patients with spinal pain. There is no doubt that they have the potential of becoming the masters of spinal patient management – this means helping patients beat spinal pain by means of adjustments, lifestyle changes, education (counseling), and exercise.
Currently, there are no healthcare professions that fulfill this role adequately; some fulfill only parts of it. However, the chiropractic profession is steering into that direction rather quickly. How? Apart from its treatments, it offers personalized plans that include physical activity, lifestyle changes, and dietary recommendations. This fosters a relationship with the patient that is rarely seen in other fields of healthcare. And that is also believed to be one of chiropractic’s most significant contributions.