What is Chiropractic?

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Chiropractic is the science and art between structure and function.

Research shows when a structure has abnormal biomechanics it has a negative effect on the nervous system. The nervous system controls all 30 trillion cells in your body and coordinates their actions to perform complex processes in unison. Performing actions from controlling your heart beat to regulating sleep patterns.

Chiropractors detect and correct subluxations which are structural abnormalities in the body that negatively effect the nervous system. Chiropractic focuses on healing the body as a whole and fixing the cause of the problem, rather than just temporarily masking or medicating symptoms. 

The Chiropractic Triad of health seeks to balance the 3 pillars of wellness which are:

  • Structural
  • Chemical
  • Mental / Emotional

The body must be balanced in all 3 of these categories to truly express wellness.

Majority of Chiropractors focus on Structural abnormalities with precise chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the spine or extremities, then they use diet and supplementation to address the chemical imbalances. These approaches are used to address the underlying cause of the problem instead of only focusing on symptoms. 

Certain ailments such as a headache don’t occur due to a lack of Aspirin in the bloodstream but they do happen from misalignments in the neck.

Then there is the art of chiropractic technique coupled with the science. A doctorate in chiropractic requires around 4 additional years of schooling after college to become licensed in the United States. It takes many years to learn the skill set of a gentle chiropractic adjustment. Anyone can push hard enough on someone’s back for a, “popping noise,” but that is not chiropractic.


A specific chiropractic adjustment requires the art and skill of the correct vector, alignment and speed to ensure restoration of proper 100% neurological function. All while making sure it is done in a manner to maintain patient comfort, since many patients seek care due to pain. This is why a doctor of chiropractic practicing for over a decade will typically have superior hands-on skills when compared to a recently  graduated doctor of chiropractic. In Medicine any doctor can prescribe the same antibiotic or pain pill, whereas in chiropractic the complex techniques of treatment take years to master and ensure superior results like we see here at SOCC. Chiropractic care can help with many conditions, patients just need to make sure they are seeing a chiropractor who has the technical skills to help with their specific problem.

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