A Brief History: Since the days of Hippocrates thousands of years ago, healthcare providers have found that adjusting joints of the spine improves patients’ health.
In 1895, around the same time that Dr. Andrew Tayor Still began Osteopathy in Missouri, Dr. Daniel David (or “D.D.”) Palmer began performing spinal adjustments on his patients in Davenport, Iowa.
D.D. Palmer called his method “Chiropractic,” which is Greek for “done by hand.” Since then, the Chiropractic profession has grown to include over 100,000 Chiropractic physicians worldwide.
Today, the Chiropractic profession uses scientifically-based graduate training for doctors, modern research facilities and its century of experience to provide patients with care to help them achieve their health goals.
In our fast-paced society, Americans experience a lot of physical stress. Physical stress can be fast and jarring, such as in car accidents or falling on ice. Or it can be more long-term and gradual due to slouching in an office or holding a baby for long periods.
Any type of physical stress causes the body to try to protect itself by making joints lock up. There are many long-term problems due to locked-up joints, known by Chiropractors as “subluxations,” and science does not understand them all; however, some problems we are aware of include organ dysfunction, low energy, muscle spasms, and pain.
In addition to helping your joints move properly, Chiropractors can also teach you exercises to strengthen and balance your muscles and decrease the effects of physical stress on your body.
Chiropractors use vastly different assessment and treatment approaches, which are based on the understanding that nerves, muscles, and joints are closely connected—any problem in one causes problems in the other.
We perform a thorough assessment of the integrity of the muscles of the body with a method known as Applied Kinesiology.
We then link these results to your current health signs/symptoms and the other examination findings in order to determine the root causes of the problem and how best to treat them.