Manipulation has been documented as being used therapeutically more than 5000 years ago and continues to be an improtant part of modern healthcare. Manipulation is the building block from which chiropractic was established, but the field has grown significantly over the past 100 years. Manipulation is known to make changes in the muscluloskeletal, neurological, visceral, histological and even emotional systems of the body. However, modern chiropractic, as practiced at River Forest Health and Wellness, encompasses much more than just manipulation.
What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?
The proper title for a doctor of chiropractic is "doctor," as they are considered physicians under Medicare and in the overwhelming majority of states. The professional credentials, abbreviated "D.C.", translate to doctor of chiropractic.
As a profession, chiropractic is rooted in the belief of natural and conservative methods of healthcare. Doctors of chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. They devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health. A doctor of chiropractic is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease as well as the promotion of public health, with an emphasis on a wellness approach to patient healthcare.
Scope of Practice
Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as joint, neck, and low back pain; headaches; and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that doctors of chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors have the training to treat a variety of non-neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (non-suppurative) as well as other disorders based on results from current research.
*The above information is from the American Chiropractic Associations webisite under the history of chiropractic.