Science, Art and Philosophy
Science: Chiropractic was founded on principles based on three basic categories: science, art and philosophy. Regarding science, there has been considerable research done that backs up the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment. It has been well established that the brain via the spinal cord regulates the functions of your body. Any interference in the communication between your brain and body is likely to cause health problems because your entire body is dependent on the regulation of your nervous system. The most common cause of nerve interference results from vertebrae that are misaligned to the point of affecting nerve function. The interruption in the flow of nerve impulses between the brain and body is referred to as the vertebral subluxations complex. The science of chiropractic is in the recognition and diagnosis of this health problem.
The Art: Once an accurate diagnosis of a patient\'s condition is made, then the chiropractic physician has to identify a method of correction. Correction of the subluxations complex is accomplished through skilled manipulation of the musculoskeletal system with special attention to the spine and pelvis. The application of directional force necessary for spinal alignment is an art that has evolved over the last 100 years to the highly effective level it is today. Chiropractors are trained to have the expertise needed to properly restore the body to its normal state of health. (183 manip From a book)
The Philosophy: The basic philosophy of chiropractic is that in order to be truly healthy, you must have proper function of the nervous system. By the same reasoning, you cannot be healthy as long as you have nervous interference. Virtually all functions of the body are affected when the spinal nerves are unable to properly transmit impulses from the brain. It is the chiropractic philosophy that your body has within itself the power to remain healthy. The purpose of a doctor is merely to facilitate the body in its process of healing and self-maintenance. By removing the obstacles a doctor assists the patient in restoring his or herself to their own natural potential.