is derived from Greek words meaning "done by hand." In practice,
this translates to manipulation of the spine and joints
to help relieve pain and stiffness, improving the function
of the associated nerves, joints and muscles.
Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, founded Chiropractic in 1895
after tracing nearly all disease to pinched nerves which
were caused by misalignments of the vertebrae. Chiropractors
call vertebrae which don't move properly subluxations.
can cause inflammation and ultimately pain in nerves, joints
and muscles. By manually adjusting bones, chiropractors
correct subluxations, restoring the nervous to its optimal
are two types of Chiropractor. 'Straight'
chiropractors closely follow DD Placer's teachings and focus
strictly on spinal adjustments. Others,
called 'mixers"use adjustments along with massage,
heat and ice treatments, rehabilitative series and nutritional
treatments begin with a medical case history, orthopedic
and neurological evaluation and might conclude with adjustments
to help realign the spine.
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