What is chiropractic? Chiropractic is a complete system of healthcare focused on restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by correcting abnormal spinal alignment. The spine is an important structure that houses and provides protection for the spinal cord. Multiple joints called vertebrae join together to form the spinal column. When these vertebrae are not in their normal position, it can create stress on the body’s nervous system which in turn will alter normal function. This is called a vertebral subluxation. This is what a chiropractor observes. Chiropractors use exam or x-ray findings to find the spinal or extremity dysfunctions.
Associated with the subluxation can be joint degeneration (osteoarthritis), muscle spasm, muscle pain, numbness/ tingling, weakness or stiffness. It is important to note that the nerves that go to the organs (heart, lungs, stomach) and influence their function can come from the spine. This is the "autonomic nervous system." For this reason, chiropractors can help people suffering with indigestion, constipation, and other organ related issues that are caused or aggravated by the excessive or diminished autonomic nerve function.
What does a chiropractor do? Chiropractors may help with chiropractic adjustments to the spine. Of course the person with such conditions must also be evaluated by a specialist for those organs to ensure other serious conditions are not undiagnosed. A chiropractor can make those referrals. Sometimes these referrals from chiropractors to other specialists are needed before chiropractic adjustments will be performed.
For more information please visit the American Chiropractic Association. There you can find information about research, safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment and the history of chiropractic, how chiropractors can help you. You can also find information about the training a chiropractor receives. There you can find a chiropractor near you. If you want to find a chiropractor local to you if our office in Altamonte Springs, Florida is not convenient.
Visit American Chiropractic Association for their What is Chiropractic page
You can also visit the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) to find chiropractors and information about chiropractors and chiropractic in our State. You can use this resource to find a chiropractor as well. Most Florida Chiropractors are members of this Association