Chiropractic care is a health care treatment focused on the spine and its relationship with the body’s structure. While there may be a variety of approaches used by different chiropractors throughout the world, procedures primarily involve adjustments or manipulations applied to the spine or other parts of the body. Adjustments are made to correct alignment problems, improve function and range of motion, provide pain relief, and enhance the body’s natural ability to recover.
Chiropractic care benefits people suffering from low back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint conditions, and whiplash-related disorders.
The best South Bay Chiropractic and Chiropractic Gonstead
New Health Medical in Torrance uses the Gonstead method of chiropractic, a scientific and thorough approach that has helped countless patients throughout the world. The system was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead, who applied his knowledge in engineering to the human spine. After graduating from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1923, Gonstead established his own clinic in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, helping hundreds of thousands of patients over more than 50 years.
Our Gonstead chiropractors at New Health Medical use thorough methods of analysis and are experts at providing gentle, specific, and accurate adjustments. We also specialize in evaluation and correction misaligned joints in the upper and lower limbs.
Brief history and overview of chiropractic
The origin of the word “chiropractic” is a combination of the Greek words “cheir,” which means “hand” and “praxis,” which translates to “practice,” describing a procedure performed by hand. Hands are the primary tool used in chiropractic care, particularly in spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic is based on the relationship between the body’s structure (primarily the spine and nervous system) and its function, and how it affects a person’s health. The main treatment used in chiropractic care is spinal manipulation or adjustment. Many chiropractors often supplement spinal adjustments with other forms of treatment, such as massage therapy or exercise. Other health care specialists such as physical therapists or osteopathic physicians also integrate spinal manipulation into their practice.
Scientists have studied spinal manipulation and its effects on several conditions. Their research shows that those suffering from low back pain benefitted the most from spinal manipulation.
In 2010, a scientific review provided evidence that showed spinal manipulation and mobilization were helpful not only for back pain, but for conditions other conditions such as migraine and neck-related headaches, joint conditions in the upper and lower extremities, neck pain, and whiplash-related disorders.
Chiropractic care in the US
In 2007, National Health Interview Survey or NHIS conducted a comprehensive survey of the top complementary approaches used by Americans. It showed that 8% (equivalent to over 18 million) of adults and 3% of children (more than 2 million) had chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation during the past year.
Majority of the patients who sought chiropractic care had low back pain, while others had musculoskeletal pain (neck, shoulder, etc.) headaches, and hand or foot problems. For those who used chiropractic treatment for back pain, 66% reported “great benefit” after getting a procedure.