Chiropractic, a therapeutic system for helping ailments by adjustments and manipulation of various body parts, particularly the spinal column. The system is based on the theory that all disease is traceable to nervous malfunctions, usually caused by misalignment of the spinal column.
Chiropractic and The Alexander Technique
A therapeutic system for helping ailments by adjustments and manipulation of various body parts. It is based on the idea that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. if the underlying cause is removed or reduced. Chiropractic and The Alexander Technique can work together. The Alexander Technique is an approach to body awareness and posture and emphasizes learning to use one’s natural potential for movement as free from pain or tension as possible.
Evidence suggests that this therapy is beneficial in conjunction with massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic therapy. Because The Alexander Technique focuses on posture and body alignment, it can be extremely useful with any type of massage or manipulation. Yoga and Pilates also focus on core strength, body alignment, flexibility and can complement the Alexander Technique. Mind-body therapies are also relevant as the two address how an individuals thoughts affect physical states.
Massage (Chiro) is a type of treatment that uses massage techniques to help relieve pain and tension in muscles, joints, and other soft tissues. Chiropractic adjustment treatment realigns the skeletal structure. Many find that chiropractic massage is a more effective treatment for pain than other forms of massage. Massage therapy can be used on soft tissue while chiropractic adjustment targets joints and bones. Massage therapy enhances blood flow and circulation, this creates warm tissue and prepares the body for chiropractic adjustment and realignment. Massage Therapy and Chiropractic care should be viewed as complementary treatments, not as two separate treatments and/or at odds with each other.
While massage serves to relieve aching muscles and enhance health it also provides psychological benefits. In particular massage is known to release dopamine which is the brain’s natural feel good chemical. While also serving to assist with focus, memory and alertness. Not only will the body enjoy the benefits of realignment (Skeletal System) the patient will feel a sense of enhanced well being. As a bonus the central nervous system will also benefit due to pain relief. In turn this boosts the immune system and subsequently less pain, stress and muscular tension.
While massage therapy, chiropractic care, and other bodywork modalities can be effective at treating some of the same conditions and problems, they are all designed to address different aspects of the human condition. Some people believe that Chiropractic Therapy is a pseudoscience because it does not have any scientific evidence to back up claims. Others, such as the American Chiropractic Association, believe that chiropractors are true healers who use a combination of manual manipulation and spinal adjustment in order to relieve pain.
Massage (Chiro) can be used as an adjunct therapy for patients with chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and back pain. The nature of Fibromyalgia attracts fibroplastic cells and these cells form a web of scar tissue that cause discomfort. Massage Therapy can address this. Cross friction massage, deep tissue massage,and similar breaks down the web of fibrosis allowing the body to recover and restore the self to normal muscle and tendinous tissue.
Although the chiropractic method of healing was known among the ancients, in the modern era it was founded in about 1895 by Daniel Palmer, a Canadian-born practitioner who opened (1898) the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. In order to regulate the profession, practitioners in the UK are required to register with the General Chiropractic Council, set up in 1997.