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Posted on 10-26-2014

Many chiropractors thought process, in part, when caring for their patients, is based on the philosophical ideas and tenets of chiropractic. Chiropractors generally have a strong sense of chiropractic philosophy and have promoted this philosophy since chiropractic was founded over 100 years ago.

Many of these important philosophical concepts are ideas that have been promoted by natural healers for a millennia.

Three fundamental Chiropractic (philosophical) concepts:

  1. the body's structure and condition dictates how the body functions and has a direct correlation to the bodies ability to heal itself.

  2. maintaining health and the ability to heal is in a large part related to the mind-body relationship.

  3. Chiropractic looks to address disease in a drug free way via locating and adjusting skeletal areas of the body which are not functioning properly.

Chiropractic is distinct from modern medicine in that Chiropractic philosophy tends to look at whole person/holistic view of of healing which suggests that health depends on natural laws, and that not adhering to these laws will cause sickness. Chiropractic philosophy also promotes the idea of the natural order of life within its environment with a strong dose of critical thinking while keeping an open mind to how things work.

Some of the basic tenets and philosophical ideas promoted by Chiropractors are:

  • life style and environment effects health and healing

  • treat the cause of illness not the symptoms

  • the body will maintain health as long as it is not interfered with

  • the nervous system is of prime importance. Interference to it causes ill health. Maintaining optimal nervous system function, that is, reducing or eliminating interference to it, is necessary so that information from the brain can get to the body as it should and thus allow the body to be healthy. Chiropractors attempt to make sure the nervous system works as close to 100% as possible

  • a patient-centered, hands-on approach

  • a focus on how structure influences function

  • a focus on well patient/preventive care and early intervention emphasizing timely diagnosis and treatment.

  • try to allow the body heal on its own instead of using surgery

If you have any questions about the above or back pain, neck pain, headaches, tingling and numbness in arms legs, hands or feet or questions about chiropractic in general, you can reach me at my Ann Arbor office email, tchiropractic@hotmail.com.

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