Chiropractic is a well-established and well respected system of treatment and is one of the major forms of manipulative therapy. It is a system of healing, based on the idea that the human body has an innate self-healing ability and seeks homeostasis, or balance. According to chiropractic theory, the nervous system plays a significant role in maintaining homeostasis and, hence, health. Small internal misalignments, interfere with proper functioning of the nervous system and, in turn, interfere with the body’s ability to maintain health.
In 1895 Daniel David Parker, a self-taught “magnetic healer”, treated a man who had become deaf after feeling a “click” in his back. After discovering a misalignment in the man’s spine, Parker realigned the vertebrae, leading to the restoration of the man’s hearing.
Chiropractic methods seek to bring the body back into balance through manipulation of the spine, joints and muscles in the belief that this allows the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems to function smoothly. The Chiropractor will carry out a thorough investigation through; a thorough physical examination, questions about the client’s general health, possibly X-rays. This gives the practitioner all the information that is needed to find out exactly what is happening to the skeletal system.