The object of chiropractic care is to determine through examination, the exact nature and degree of spinal misalignment and dysfunction causing spinal subluxations. Proper corrective adjustments are given along with other corrective therapies to remove subluxations and thus remove the cause of pain, disability and ill health. Chiropractic does not employ drugs and surgery to the field of health care, but rather seeks to interest its patients in the care of the human frame, diet, exercise and the cause and prevention of disease.
Chiropractic is a clinical science based on:
- The Law of Biology called Homeostasis which states that an organism has the innate or inborn ability to be well and stable within an environment by coordinated responses of the organ systems to changes in the environment
- The Theory of Physiology that there is a system called the nervous system which takes precedence in the control and coordination of all organs and physiological systems in the maintenance and balance of health
- The Hypothesis that there is a direct relationship between the health of the spine and the health of the nervous system and therefore a direct relationship between the health of the spine and the overall health and well- being of the individual
There is an intimate structural and functional relationship between the nervous system and the musculo-skeletal system. The chiropractic premise focuses on this structure/function relationship and the cooperative interaction of this relationship as it seeks equilibrium in the optimum expression of life.
In the field of chiropractic, the primary avenue of approach is the spine. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord, through which nerve fibers pass from the brain to all organs and body parts. Through injury, posture or growth deformity, the vertebral joints become misaligned and dysfunctional. This condition not only causes pain and restricted movement, but also interferes with the normal function of these same nerve fibers. This is known as a spinal subluxation.