Chiropractic is based on two Greek words “cheiro” which means hand and “prasseis” meaning action or doing.  Chiropractic treatment involves adjusting manually the vertebrae of the spine and other joints of the body.  The objective of this manipulation is to improve nervous system efficiency and restore the body’s inherent healing ability.  Misalignments or malfunctions in the vertebrae affect the nervous system and with specific precise adjustments joint mobility and function can be restored.

Chiropractic treatment dates back to 1895 when Canadian Daniel David Palmer first treated  a janitor named Harvey Lillard whose hearing was restored subsequently.  Palmer opened the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1897.   His son B.J. Palmer furthered his father’s work and was a key person in bringing about chiropractic as a licensed profession.

Comprehensive chiropractic treatment can involve not only spinal and joint manipulation but can be complemented by other physical therapies such as massage, and also rehab exercises, ultrasound, and diet and nutrition information.   Chiropractic treatment can be a hands-on manipulation or involve using a specific table or specific instrument to accomplish the adjustment.

Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes long.  The chiropractor will usually do an initial consultation and examination (which may include x-ray) prior to any adjustment or treatment plan.   A patient may have only 1-2 treatments or could require more sessions depending on the nature of the condition and their health goals.

Chiropractic care can be beneficial for a wide variety of issues including but not limited to:  migraines, back pain, neck pain, whiplash, work and sports injuries,  pregnancy-related back ache and arthritis.

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