What is

Chiropractic?

-Vu Ngo, DC, MSACN, CPT

If you perform a basic web search on Chiropractic, you might find a variety of results spanning the full range of the philosophical spectrum. Here is our description of Chiropractic as it applies to clinical practice and health at Muveology.

 

Chiropractic as a profession originated from a vitalistic view. This vitalistic approach to chiropractic describes the expression of Innate Intelligence, which is defined as the expression of the Innate (or spirit). Mechanistically, this can be interpreted as the body’s actions and reactions to outside forces being governed by the central nervous system, which is intimately related to proper functioning of the vertebra in the spine. The interference of this expression due to an underlying vertebral subluxation is the primary cause health disorders, and correction is the Chiropractic adjustments to the spine to restore that expression required for the body to heal itself.

 

Here at Muveology, we believe that our knowledge and understanding of the human body has developed greatly since then, and the advent of advanced technologies has further allowed us to unravel mysteries of biological life. Chiropractic has also evolved to include more mechanistic views, adapting to evidence-based science as it develops. This approach to Chiropractic sees the body as a biochemical composition that obeys the laws of chemistry, physics, and mechanics. Disease and dysfunction can be and is often multi-factorial, and the holistic vantage point of Chiropractic allows for the investigation of complex multi-system interactions that affect one another. Diagnosis involves the use of current scientific evidence, the intimate understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as understanding the step by step process of disease and dysfunction, all in order to determine best course of treatment. Treatment may or may not be limited to the vertebra, and it may or may not involve a Chiropractic adjustment to those vertebra. The goal of Chiropractic treatment is to properly identify and correct the underlying cause of the disease and dysfunction, and the Chiropractic adjustment is one of many tools used in order to reach that end. In addition to Chiropractic adjustments, the utilization of diet and nutrition therapy, physiotherapy, myofascial manipulation, strength and conditioning, exercise and fitness, or other various manual therapy techniques can be used in any combination in order to provide the best possible outcomes. Treatment techniques are broad and varied depending on what has been scientifically shown to have the best clinical outcomes.

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Chiropractors will not be the primary treating physician for many conditions, but there may be correlating conditions that they can address while working together with other medical specialists to deliver the best care available. This allows Chiropractors to address a myriad of health concerns that can include conditions of the musculoskeletal system, neurological system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, and the different organ systems of the body.

 

This is how we view Chiropractic here at Muveology. Philosophies of individuals within the profession range from the conservative “straight” chiropractors on one end to the liberal “evidence-based” chiropractors on the other end. The majority of chiropractors might fall somewhere in the middle, having a blend of both worlds. At Muveology, we are likely to be labeled as liberal as they come, as we believe in the power of science and the continued evolution of knowledge.

 

The health-care paradigm of Muveology is one that revolves around the holistic care of patients utilizing the scope of Chiropractic. Through Chiropractic we are given a special opportunity, blessed with the privilege to share in another’s journey in health. As each person travels on along their journey, their health may come across a bump or hurdle, and our knowledge and expertise may be the boost they need to continue marching on with optimal health.

 

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