The word Chiropractic is composed of the Greek words "chiro" meaning hand and "prattein" meaning to do. A manual form of therapy utilizing light adjustments of spinal and extremity joints as well as muscle release techniques to restore neuro-musculo-skeletal function, chiropractic aims to restore normal function mainly by manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic is effective for back pain, headaches, whiplash, extremity injuries, TMJ (temporomandibular joints), and many other conditions. Clinically, it is recognized that manipulation of the spine can affect and improve autonomic mechanisms of the body, such as the lungs, heart, stomach, bowels, kidneys, bladder and sexual glands.
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, surgery-free therapies available for the treatment of spinal pain syndromes. Few other therapies can demonstrate a better safety record. Government recommendations include support of chiropractic care for whiplash injuries.
Children benefit from chiropractic care for the same problems for which adults are treated, predominantly neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders. Chiropractors have seven years of university level education and training including 756 hours of training exclusively in adjustment techniques. Treatment for children is adapted to the age and smaller frame of the child and is delivered in a gentle manner to which children respond well.
Young children can benefit from a spinal check-up at key stages in the same way that they benefit from eye examinations and dental check-ups. Starting to sit, crawl and walk are developmental points when a check-up will confirm that the spine is functioning properly or provide an early warning of any potential problems. Additionally, in recent years there have been two important studies investigating the effectiveness of chiropractic care for treating childhood colic and asthma.