Alternative Medicine Chiropractic Essay Research Paper Adrian

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Alternative Medicine: Chiropractic Essay, Research Paper Adrian Arbuckle Professor Gibbons English 1302-8456 25 May 2000 Alternative Medicine: Chiropractic Chiropractic is the third largest doctoral-level health profession in the United States, after medicine and dentistry. This form of health care is on the rise and there are more than forty thousand chiropractors in practice in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and many other nations. Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine commonly used and accepted today. Chiropractic is specifically defined as a therapeutic system of curing ailments and manipulation of various body parts, particularly the spinal column. Although chiropractors have had a hard time establishing a worthy reputation, times have changed and

studies are proving the benefits of chiropractic. In order for people to receive natural, holistic, efficient, and cost-effective treatment, people should seek doctors of chiropractic. (Thesis: “In order for?”) Chiropractic was first started by David Daniel Palmer in 1895. Palmer began his practices in magnetic healing in response to his “never-ending thirst for knowledge” in 1887 (Chiropractic OnLine Today). When he moved to Davenport, Iowa, Palmer began chiropractic with his first adjustment on a janitor on September 18, 1895. The janitor had been deaf for seventeen years after hearing a pop in his back one day. Palmer concluded that one of his vertebrae was out of place and so he “thrusted the vertebrae back into place” and the man?s hearing automatically improved

(Chiropractic OnLine Today). This was the birth of the chiropractic theory, which means “to do by hand.” Palmer believed that “decreased nerve flow may be the cause of disease, and that misplaced spinal vertebrae may cause pressure on the nerves” (Chiropractic OnLine Today). In conclusion, he theorized, if the spinal column was accurately positioned, the body would be healthy. Palmer began a chiropractic school, Palmer Infirmary and Chiropractic Institute, in 1907. His son, Bartlett Joshua, was one of the first fifteen graduated. Later in his life, Bartlett also had a large impact on the chiropractic field when his dad ran into some legal problems. Palmer?s son took over the school and helped chiropractic to gain prominence in the medical field. Following its founding,

chiropractic went downhill and then in the 1940?s began to grow again. In July 1995, the first Historical Centennial Celebration took place in Washington, DC with thousands of professional in the field attending. (Background) Chiropractic is holistic and concerned with a patient?s overall well-being. Chiropractic treatment considers the whole person and “gives special treatment to the physiological and biochemical aspects including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional, and environmental relationships”(American Chiropractic Association). Many people initially think of consulting a chiropractor for back pain only, but there are many other components of chiropractic treatment and has the ability to help many illnesses and problems.

Because the spine is like the trunk of the body, it can have impact on all areas of the human structure. The many moveable parts of the spine make it a complex system. In addition to the twenty-four vertebrae, there are joints between each vertebra. In such a system, “in order to maintain balance, each one these joints must be moving entirely and properly” (Bayuk). If just one component is out of line, the imbalance disturbs the nervous system, called subluxation. Chiropractic helps the body keep control of itself through manipulation of the spinal column. While the spine helps control the muscles of the body, it also includes the body?s ability to breathe properly, keep the heart beating, and other vital functions. The spine column has many nerves that control the blood flow