Since the inception of chiropractic medicine in 1895, chiropractors have held as a primary tenet that biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system. Because the nervous system is so intimately related to the spine from an anatomical standpoint, identifying and restoring spinal structural integrity through chiropractic treatments can improve the health of the individual by reducing pressure on sensitive neurological tissue. This tenet continues to be the emphasis that many chiropractors embrace and chiropractic patients seek.
Guiding the practice of chiropractic medicine are the following principles.
Natural Healing Principles:
- Human beings possess an innate healing potential, an inner wisdom of the body.
- Maximally accessing this healing system is the goal of the healing arts.
- Addressing the cause of an illness should in most cases take precedence over suppressing its surface manifestations.
- Pharmaceutical suppression of symptoms can in some instances compromise and diminish the body’s ability to heal itself.
- Natural, non-pharmaceutical measures (including Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments) should in most cases be an approach of first resort, not last.
- A balanced, natural diet is crucial to good health.
- Regular exercises is essential to proper bodily function.
Core Chiropractic Principles:
- Structure and function exist in intimate relation with one another.
- Structural distortions can cause functional abnormalities.
- The vertebral subluxation is a significant form of structural distortion and dysfunction, and leads to a variety of functional abnormalities.
- The nervous system occupies a preeminent role in the restoration and maintenance of proper bodily function.
- The subluxation influences bodily function primarily through neurological means
- The Chiropractic Adjustment is a specific, definitive method for the correction of the Vertebral Subluxation.
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