Chiropractic Care Explained

February 20, 2009 · Print This Article

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What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Coming from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand,” the term “Chiropractic” stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to become accustomed to its environment.

Chiropractors are doctors that use natural methods to restore and maintain normal movement and function of the muscles, joints, and nerves. The main treatment of a Doctor of Chiropractic is to remove subluxations, which are an impingement of nerves caused by 2 or more vertebrae therefore compromising the entire nervous system. Removing these subluxations leads to optimum health.

Chiropractors are like mechanics for your body, helping to restore proper function and mobility to all parts of your body, not just your back and neck. It takes a minimum of 7 years of university-level training to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated.

In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Some short-term and regular chiropractic care has a number of benefits including:

  • spinal and extremity pain relief
  • headache relief
  • increased mobility and range of motion
  • decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
  • arthritic joint pain relief
  • increased joint health
  • increased performance and energy
  • increased sense of well being and relaxation
  • increased balance and coordination
  • reduced degeneration and risk of injury
  • enhanced tissue healing
  • decreased tissue inflammation

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Preventative Therapy

Chiropractic therapy provides the opportunity to help the patient to reduce or get rid of aches and pains all over the body without the use of drugs or additives.  Once a history and examination have been taken, treatments will be tailored to the patient’s particular needs to assist with recovery and to create new, healthier life habits. Chiropractic care can also provide preventative therapy, which means that you can see a Doctor of Chiropractic for an evaluation for a check-up when you’re not in pain, in order to stay healthy and active.

Chiropractors utilize many differing forms of treatment, but the main form of therapy  they provide is “adjustments” which are designed to restore the proper mobility of the joints. Because the bones and their joints provide the framework for the body, and are not working properly, discomfort may be experienced and lack of proper motion and function can occur. By treating the root cause of discomfort, the patient will experience better alignment and less strain on the muscles and joints.

Chiropractic is considered an alternative medicine because of its focus on keeping the whole body healthy rather than on using pharmaceutical drugs to treat symptoms. Doctors of Chiropractic can also provide much needed relief when the prescription drugs fail. If you’re curious about how a doctor of chiropractic can help you sustain your good health through more natural means, ask for referrals and become your own health advocate.

About the author

Dr. Omura is the founder of SCORE Clinic – a San Jose Chiropractic care practice, founded in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at UCLA. He completed his graduate education at Palmer College of Chiropractic West to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. SCORE Clinic is in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, CA.

He continued his post-graduate education to become a certified chiropractic sports physician, a strength and conditioning specialist, and a qualified medical examiner.

Dr. Omura has been practicing chiropractic for over ten years. He is also certified in Active Release Technique and Kinesio Taping.

Dr. Omura grew up in Los Altos and currently resides in Almaden Valley. He enjoys golfing, running, mountain biking, and especially spending time with his family. Dr. Omura is a proud father to his son, Brandon and his daughter, Taylor.

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