What Is Chiropractic?

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Chiropractic originated in 1895 when a man named D.D. Palmer discovered the relationship between bones out of place in the spine and how the body functions.

What he found was that by adjusting these bones, certain symptoms would alleviate. What wasn’t known was the exact reason why.

Today we understand that the body is controlled by our nervous system, which regulates your breathing, your immune system, your healing, your mood, heart rate and of course our sense of pain among many other functions.

Chiropractic recognizes that bones out of place (called subluxations) directly affect how well the body and nervous system function. There are of course other things that negatively affect how the body and nervous system perform which many chiropractors can address as well (these generally include things like your diet, mental stress, and advice on certain environmental toxins to avoid).

The chiropractor’s duty is to find the subluxations and adjust the bones back into position. Often this provides relief and improved function of the nervous system and mechanics of the body. The goal is always to improve function, then pain relief follows. This is different to how the medical model works.

There are many techniques used today in order to accomplish finding and adjusting these bones into their correct position. We at Durham Family Chiropractic use a variety of techniques to ensure your comfort while receiving the best possible care.