What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic started over 100 years ago by D.J. Palmer in Canada, in fact the same year x-rays were invented. D.J. Palmer systemised and modernised spinal maniupulation. Spinal manipulation is actually a very ancient art, practiced by Hippocrates "the father of modern medicine," the famous Roman surgeon Claudius Galieon for Roman soldiers, as well as the ancient Egyptions. The first evidence of primitive spinal manipulation is in fact 400 B.C. The goal of the chiropractic treatment is to soothe aches and pains using gentle, safe and effective techniques. This includes stretches, soft tissue techniques, manipulation, kinesiotaping, nutrition and rehabilitation advice.
Headaches arising from the neck and shoulders
Neck related dizziness
Tennis/ Golfers Elbow
... and much more.
A Canadian study involving 120 patients with lumbar disc herniations, that had failed to have significant improvement with 3 months of nonoperative treatment including pain medication, lifestyle modification, physiotherapy, massage therapy and /or acupuncture. Half were randomly selected to have Chiropractic treatment and the other half were selected to have an operation (microdiscectomy).
The results were that sixty percent of patients with sciatica, who had failed other medical management benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree, as if they underwent surgical intervention.
Conclusion: patients with Lumbar disc herniations failing medical management should consider spinal manipulation before surgery, if warrented.
H. Taylor's award winning research has found that patients without pain have been found to have better joint position sense (proprioception- similar to balance) after neck manipulation.
H.Taylor has also found that patients with neck pain have slightly weaker biceps and that after neck manipulation their biceps actually become stronger.
V. Santalli et al. double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulation using 102 patients, found that the more real manipulations patients were pain free, had less days without pain and much quicker improvement.
Chiropractic is a 4 years Masters degree including 240 hours of Radiology, 144 hours of Pathology, 192 hours of Neurology and 144 hours of General Diagnosis, as well as many other modules including technique and Physiology. The forth year clinicians must complete at least 200 treatments in order to graduate.