History of Chiropractic Care

The world’s understanding of the implications of chiropractic care is still in its early stages even though knowledge of chiropractic science has been around to some degree as long as recorded time.  While many civilizations throughout time have understood and recognized that on some level the health and positioning of the spine is related to the health of the individual, the modern world is only now beginning to gain a more complete understanding of what this might mean.

Today, chiropractic science is often thought of as a way to improve back problems and other such examples of physical pain, but this is only the start.  Chiropractic science extends beyond problems of pain as related to musculoskeletal issues into the very realm of overall human health.  From pain relief to immunity and general well being, chiropractic care is at the core of health knowledge.

No discussion of health, both maintenance and recovery, is complete without a mention of the health of this pivotal bodily system.  The spine exerts its influence into all parts of the body as an integrated whole and consequently is a main figure in maintaining and achieving a healthy state.  The repercussions of the health of the spine as they relate to overall health are beginning to be introduced into the collective consciousness, but these ideas are far from new.

The history of chiropractic care extends at least as far back as written records exist.  Writings that found their birthplaces in China and Greece spoke of chiropractic techniques wherein adjustment of the spine was used to ameliorate back pain.

The famous Greek physician Hippocrates even weighed in on the topic of chiropractic care.  He once wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine for that is the requisite for many diseases.”  Even he saw the connection between the health of the spine, spinal manipulation, and overall health.  This connection has been identified since the start of recorded time.

It was not until the later part of the nineteenth century that the theories and practices of chiropractic care started to be fully acknowledged in the United States.  As the twentieth century began and progressed, chiropractic care grew as a recognized and respected part of the health care field.  There have been numerous studies inquiring into the efficacy of this type of medical care with pleasing results.

This is excellent news considering the prevalence of conditions that can benefit from chiropractic care.  Back pain issues rank as the second most common cause of individuals visiting their doctors.  It also ranks highly on the list of reasons why individuals miss work.  In fact, approximately half of working Americans have stated that they experience some form of back pain.  Given these statistics, the burgeoning interest in chiropractic care seems to be fortuitously timed. 

This leads one to wonder what causes these widespread problems that find their source in the spine.  More than that, it leads to a contemplation of how these problems may be treated or even prevented.  Knowledge of chiropractic care leads not only to chiropractic treatment itself but also to an awareness of the importance of spinal alignment and how individuals may take better care of themselves so that pain and problems caused by spinal misalignment may be averted.

It is said that a great deal of this growing popularity is owed to the non-invasive nature of chiropractic techniques.  It is thought to be a natural, healthy alternative in some cases to the more invasive methods often favored in Western medicine.  Chiropractic care is not only though to help heal individuals but to help their bodies heal themselves.  This, in itself, is revolutionary.

With all the advances in medical technology, one has to wonder if there is any technology so impressive, so intricate, and so effective as that present in the human body.  Its innate knowledge and ability to heal itself is not yet completely understood, and any practice that can allow the body’s ability to heal to be fully realized has almost limitless potential.

Chiropractic care seeks to assist the body’s natural healing potential, and does so in a non-invasive manner.  The implications of such treatment are extensive.  What better way to work towards healing than to help a body help itself?

Morgan Creek Family Chiropractic is a licensed Chiropractor in Surrey who is dedicated to providing patients with natural and effective health care in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Call us today at  604.385.2020 or email info@mcfchiropractic and book your appointment.