Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand."
Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly. What conditions benefit from chiropractic care? Traditionally, chiropractic is associated with relieving low back, neck pain, and headaches, due to musculo-skeletal imbalances. There has been quite a bit of research showing that there are many conditions that will benefit from chiropractic. You may contact me for the source of any research information or you can visit the links page for a list of research resources.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Chance Chiropractic Center uses an advanced chiropractic technique called Directional Non-Force Technique® Chiropractic. The adjustments are low force and high velocity which means that they are very gentle and cause no discomfort. With DNFT® chiropractic, we assess your body very specifically, so you inly receive and adjustment where and when your body needs it.
What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.
Dr. Debra Chance continues training with her DNFT® Chiropractic mentor, Dr. Christopher John, yearly since 1996. She received over 100 hours in Acupuncture training through the Colorado Chiropractic Association.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing I will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. I will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your symptoms and the best way to go about treating the problem. After we complete the history and consultation, I will determine via D.N.F.T.® diagnosis if and where to adjust you. We also assess whether you would benefit for acupuncture or a nutritional program.
A Brief History of Chiropractic
The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 18, 1895, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher. Dr. Palmer was, at the time, studying the cause and effect of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had complained of hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a "lump" on Mr. Lillard's back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place, which he then repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several such treatments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was restored.
Since Dr. Palmer's first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Today, it is the #1 alternative health care choice.
The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes two fundamental concepts:
1) The structure and condition of the body influences how the body functions and its ability to heal itself
2) The mind-body relationship is instrumental in maintaining health and in the healing processes.
Although chiropractic shares much with other health professions, its emphasis and application of philosophy distinguishes it from modern medicine. Chiropractic philosophy gravitates toward a holistic ("total person") approach to healing which combines elements of the mind, body and spirit and maintains that health depends on obedience to natural laws, and that deviation from such laws can result in illness.