Chiropractic philosophy descends in the direction of holistic approach that combines body and mind to achieve optimum physical well-being. Chiropractic approaches are based on the theory that the body and mind has the power to heal on its own. Nevertheless, the body parts must be in perfect condition to perform their respective functions and actions.

Chiropractic philosophy also involves non-invasive and drug-free treatments. It is known to many people that most pharmaceutical drugs have side effects. They may even produce adverse effects that are considered hazardous to the human body, which may result to life-threatening condition. Chiropractic believes that natural healing is enough for the body to function perfectly.

It is also known in the chiropractic community that environment, lifestyle, and family affect the physical condition of a person. It is believed that any injury or deformity in the muscles and bones affects the functions of the nerves. Spinal cord is a collection of nerves that is protected by the spinal column. When there is misalignment and abnormality in the curvature, position and total structure of the spine, the nerves become irritated.

Chiropractors should and must learn how to diagnose the physical and physiological state of an individual. A diagnosis can be obtained through various laboratory tests, medical and family history, and thorough physical assessment of the patient. Laboratory tests may include X-Ray or MRI of the affected area. The laboratory tests will determine the extent and the location of the deformity or abnormality. Medical and family history of the patient is also an important factor to consider. This will provide the chiropractor to find out the cause of the disorder. Physical assessment is as important as laboratory tests and medical history because it will allow the chiropractor to locate pain and the cause of the misalignment.

Chiropractic philosophy also contains a hands-on method of treatment and must be patient-centered. A chiropractic program is specially designed for a particular patient. The program established for a patient may be different from other patients because the program must deal with the causes and symptoms. Chiropractors are known to use their skillful hands on treating various musculoskeletal misalignment, disorders and ailments.

Chiropractic believes that the nervous system is very important to maintain physical wellness. The nervous system is responsible for motor and sensory actions. If a certain nerve is damaged or injured, symptoms appear such as tingling sensation, weakness, numbness, continuous muscle contraction, delayed response, and paralysis on the body part it serves. Nerves may be injured through two or more misaligned bones or twisted muscle fibers. Therefore, to prevent the nerves from injury, they must be released from any compression. To do this, misaligned bones must be corrected.

Chiropractic philosophy combines rational thinking, an open-mind, confidence and assurance, and positive reception of the natural ability of the body. Chiropractic also focuses on the early diagnosis and intervention to prevent complications. Its goals are to promote wellness, restore physical fitness prior to the disorder and injury, prevention of the reappearance of symptoms and causative factors and maintenance of physical health.

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