Chiropractic medicine has been to treat and prevent physical ailments since 1895. It was the ingenious Daniel David Palmer (or DD for short) who first discovered and utilized chiropractic medicine. After fixing a colleagues sudden hearing loss, word spread fast about the healing abilities of Daniel David Palmer, of which we have many practitioners in the Portland, Oregon area.
Soon, people from all over started flocking to his office to learn more about the technique and see if DD could fix their ailments too. The popularity that ensued required Daniel to give the medicine or treatment a name. After much consideration, he decided to name his techniques “chiropractic” which means hands on in Greek.
The popularity didn’t stop there. Eager to learn students from all over the world flocked to his office to learn about the techniques so they too could apply them to their patients. Due to the small size of his office, he needed a larger place to teach his classes. He soon built a school to cater to his students. The school was called the Palmer School of Chiropractic.
As more and more patients started attending his chiropractic sessions, medical doctors were on the verge of going out of business. Together, the medical doctors flocked together to create a propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting DD and the use of chiropractic medicine.
This smear campaign had lasted for 20 years before the supreme court decided to step in and take matters into their hands. After finding these medical doctors guilty of harassment, the court ordered the medical doctors to quit their antics. It was too late, however. Daniel David Palmer and his proven techniques had suffered as a result of the false propaganda.
Why Chiropractic Medicine Works
Your body relies on your nervous system to send messages throughout the body. When this communication is blocked or interfered with, people may experience a variety of ailments as a result. The main nerve responsible for sending and receiving messages is located along the spine. When this particular nerve or the surrounding bones are out of alignment, the body attempts to communicate its distress by appearing as various ailments.
Chiropractic medicine works because the chiropractor determines the cause of the distress and works to alleviate it with hands-on methods and the occasional use of tools. In this way, you get to the bottom of the situation rather than masking your ailments with prescription or over the counter drugs.
Why People Visit Chiropractors
After much coaxing from family members or friends, a person may decide to seek the advice of a chiropractor after their friends and family members have experienced success. While chiropractic medicine can be used to treat a variety of health concerns, some of the most common are:
- Headaches or Migraines
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Knee and Hip Pain
- Numbness and Tingling sensations through any part of the body, including the hands.
- Digestive problems
- Cold and Flus
- Injuries as the result of an auto accident.
Occasionally, people may not experience any health complaints but may choose to visit a chiropractor anyways. It’s not until the chiropractor conducts an assessment that the patient finds out they’re silently suffering due to “kinks” in the nervous and musculoskeletal system.
Other Treatable Conditions
Whiplash – Whiplash is the result of hyperextension and hyperflexion. This injury can occur during when the spine and head are thrown back and forward in a rapid succession. While this injury can happen during a variety of activities, one of the most common reasons people experience a whiplash injury is due to an auto accident. Experiencers of this injury may not immediately experience any symptoms, but symptoms may show up in the following ways:
Headaches, visual disturbances, sudden stiffness or reluctance to move or have their neck touched, shoulder and neck pain. In some cases, the true effects of the accident may not be felt for days or even weeks after the accident.
Pregnancy – Seeking chiropractic therapy during pregnancy is completely safe and may even be beneficial. During pregnancy, the new mother will undergo a variety of physical and psychological changes that will create additional strain on her body. As the mother progresses through pregnancy, the changes may begin to take a toll on her posture, pelvis and hips, and her back as her body copes with the demands of pregnancy.
Chiropractic medicine may not eliminate these problems, but through the use of regularly scheduled chiropractic sessions, most complaints can be successfully reduced.
Disc Disturbances – Discs are pads of cartilage that work to separate the vertebrae in your spinal column. When a disc is misplaced or out of alignment, the patient experiences severe pain that will not cease until proper care is obtained. In addition to chiropractic sessions, physical therapy may be needed to help the patient achieve full range of motion again.
Allergies and Asthma – These two common conditions may be the result of a misaligned spinal column. While the misaligned spinal blocks don’t necessarily cause the conditions, they exaggerate the symptoms more than typical.