What is Chiropractic?
by Allan Tomson, DCChiropractic is a holistic drug-free healing art with a primary focus on the spine and the nervous system. It is based on the theory that the spinal vertebra are moveable and they can become misaligned and sometimes “stuck” out of their normal position. Employing a thorough examination and diagnosis, a chiropractor identifies where the misaligned vertebra are and corrects them via spinal adjustment.
Correcting spinal misalignments improves the function of the spinal column biomechanically and is considered key to the overall flow of energy through the nervous system. This, in turn, promotes the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Conditions such as back and neck pain, joint malfunction, headaches and digestive complaints have been improved within the chiropractic practice.
While Chiropractors are typically thought of by many as “back” doctors, the effects of stress builds tension in all systems of our body. Stress is deposited into our organ systems and can be effectively released with a hands-on approach. This is why working on the physical body often requires several different approaches. In addition to spinal manipulation, many chiropractors employ various soft tissue therapies such as trigger point, myofascial release and acupressure/acupuncture. Chiropractors are also trained in the use of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise.
It’s important to remember that while chiropractic and osteopathy were both invented in the late 1800s, body therapies such as massage and manipulation can be traced back as far as 3000 B.C. in ancient China and later in Egypt and Greece. Edgar Cayce, the Virginia Beach medical medium stated in one of his readings that spinal manipulation is the closest thing to how the body tries to heal itself.
Many chiropractors broaden their approach to practice. In addition to spinal manipulation and the soft tissue therapies mentioned above, they may incorporate nutritional and lifestyle counseling, as well as using exercise programs to aid the healing of an injured joint. Many chiropractic offices utilize therapy devices such as electric stimulation, hot and cold compresses and cold lasers. They also work in conjunction with other health professionals when conditions are deemed outside their scope of practice.
Chiropractic is an extremely useful healing art. Let’s face it, people are constantly injuring or overtaxing their body in one way or another. Shoveling snow or shoveling mulch, slipping on the ice, extreme sports or even regular sports for the weekend warrior—there will always be a need for people to be “put back together.” Try chiropractic—it can be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.
Dr. Allan Tomson, DC is the executive director of Neck back & Beyond Healing Arts, an integrative wellness center in Fairfax, VA with a satellite office in Manassas, VA. Tomson is not your ordinary chiropractor with skills and experience in functional medicine, visceral manipulation, cranial sacral therapy and Cayce protocols. For more information, visit NeckBackAndBeyond.com.