A HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The history of chiropractic care extends at least as far back as
written records exist. Writings that found their birthplaces in China and Greece spoke of chiropractic techniques
wherein adjustment of the spine was used to ameliorate back pain.
The famous Greek physician Hippocrates even weighed in on the
topic of chiropractic care. He once wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine for that is the requisite for many
diseases.” Even he saw the connection between the health of the spine, spinal manipulation, and overall health.
This connection has been identified since the start of recorded time.
It was not until the later part of the nineteenth century that the
theories and practices of chiropractic care started to be fully acknowledged in the United States. As the twentieth
century began and progressed, chiropractic care grew as a recognized and respected part of the health care field.
There have been numerous studies inquiring into the efficacy of this type of medical care with pleasing
This is excellent news considering the prevalence of conditions
that can benefit from chiropractic care. Back pain issues rank as the second most common cause of individuals
visiting their doctors. It also ranks highly on the list of reasons why individuals miss work. In fact,
approximately half of working Americans have stated that they experience some form of back pain. Given these
statistics, the burgeoning interest in chiropractic care seems to be fortuitously timed.
This leads one to wonder what causes these widespread problems
that find their source in the spine. More than that, it leads to a contemplation of how these problems may be
treated or even prevented. Knowledge of chiropractic care leads not only to chiropractic treatment itself but also
to an awareness of the importance of spinal alignment and how individuals may take better care of themselves so
that pain and problems caused by spinal misalignment may be averted.
It is said that a great deal of this growing popularity is owed to
the non-invasive nature of chiropractic techniques. It is thought to be a natural, healthy alternative in some
cases to the more invasive methods often favored in Western medicine. Chiropractic care is not only though to help
heal individuals but to help their bodies heal themselves. This, in itself, is revolutionary.
With all the advances in medical technology, one has to wonder if
there is any technology so impressive, so intricate, and so effective as that present in the human body. Its innate
knowledge and ability to heal itself is not yet completely understood, and any practice that can allow the body’s
ability to heal to be fully realized has almost limitless potential.
Chiropractic care seeks to assist the body’s natural healing
potential, and does so in a non-invasive manner. The implications of such treatment are extensive. What better way
to work towards healing than to help a body help itself?