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Understanding Chiropractic

History of Chiropractic






Evidence of healers and physicians performing manual manipulation of the spine can be found in ancient Greek and Chinese history. These manual manipulations were believed to cure many ailments, not just those related to the spine.

It was not until 1895 that D.D. Palmer performed a spinal adjustment on a partially deaf man named Harvey Lillard. This seemed to improve his hearing. Palmer believed that spinal adjustments could cure any number of pains and ailments, since the spine has the ability to press on many different nerves.

Several years later, Palmer opened the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which still educates doctors of chiropractic today. Over time, the fundamental ideas behind chiropractic have not changed much, but great strides have been made as more and more people have experienced the health benefits of Chiropractic.

Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant on 840 Coleman Boulevard, Headley Family Chiropractic is a full service chiropractic clinic, treating people with various health problems that ranges from musculo-skeletal conditions such as low back pain, headaches, neck pain, syndromes, such as chronic fatigue, carpal tunnel, and irritable bowel, and injuries such as sprain/strains sustained in motor vehicle crashes and sports..  How does it work?

Chiropractic is a holistic approach to healing. Through adjustments, exercises, and a healthy lifestyle, the self-healing properties of the body can be realized. When you cut your finger what does the healing? Is it the band-aid that you’ve covered it with? No- it’s your body that does the healing.

Chiropractic is non-invasive (i.e. there is no surgery and no drugs), so there are fewer risks related to the procedures performed. Chiropractic uses your body’s own natural healing powers to manage pain and other problems. Many patients who visit chiropractors report decreased pain and an increase in general wellness.


Chiropractic Myths and Facts

There are a lot of unfounded myths about chiropractic. Most of them come from people who are unfamiliar with the ideas and practices behind chiropractic.

1. Chiropractors are not real doctors

Chiropractors, in addition to undergraduate studies, have to endure several years of rigorous training in their field. Upon completion of their training program, chiropractors must also complete hundreds of hours of clinical practice under a licensed chiropractor. To become licensed, chiropractors must test and register with their state board of Chiropractic, similar to medical doctors. Chiropractors attend schools which are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

2. Chiropractic is Costly

When compared with Western medical care, Chiropractic is far less expensive. In cases of worker’s compensation, chiropractic care can cost half as much as traditional medical care, and it treats the source of the problem instead of just the pain. Because of this, in the long run, patients often end up needing less chiropractic care than traditional Western medicine.

3. You don’t need to visit a chiropractor, you can adjust yourself

Attempting to adjust your own alignment is not only ineffective, but it can also be quite dangerous. If you’re not familiar with the different muscles and nerves in your spine, you can end up seriously injuring yourself. It’s best to consult a licensed chiropractor for any back or neck pain you experience.


Reduced Blood Pressure … The Natural Way!

(NaturalNews) The popularity of chiropractic care has grown dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Although most people seek chiropractic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal pain, certain types of pain may be indicative of the patient experiencing a heart attack just before or during treatment.


Chiropractors should expect to have at least one presentation of a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, during their careers, according to chiropractor Dr. Dwain M. Daniel. Research indicates that regular chiropractic adjustments may prevent heart attacks, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, relieve chest pain and support the cardiovascular system, according to the Palmer Chiropractic College.


Studies at the College investigated the effects of chiropractic treatment on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in reference to an analysis of heart rate variability. Findings indicated that chiropractic adjustments do reduce pain and lower participant’s mean heart rate.


Additionally, anecdotal evidence indicates that adjustments of the atlas, or first cervical vertebra, may stop some heart attacks while they are occurring, according to chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Clarke of the Vibrance Family Chiropractic Center in Nashville. If a patient experiences a heart attack during an adjustment, gentle manipulation of the atlas may be appropriate and may alter the outcome; however, other emergency measures must be performed in an attempt to save a patient’s life, including transport to the nearest medical facility. There are few studies on this fascinating aspect of chiropractic and additional research is necessary.


Reducing blood pressure

Chiropractic treatment also has a significant effect on blood pressure and anxiety levels, according to a study reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The study examined systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and patients’ anxiety levels before and after an adjustment. In all cases, those subjects who received active treatment experienced a distinct drop in blood pressure and a decrease of their anxiety levels. Results of this study provide evidence that chiropractic treatment offers support to the cardiovascular system.

The Arc of Life

There is one missing link in all of health care. There is one missing piece of the puzzle that almost every doctor on the planet leaves out when evaluating their patients. There is one major reason why people can see doctors for years and still remain sick, diseased, and loaded to the gills with medications.

Wouldn’t you like to find out what the MISSING LINK is?

The loss of cervical (neck) curve – The Arc of Life – stretches the spinal cord to 5 to 7 cm and produces pathological tension, putting the body in a state of disease.  The loss of cervical lordosis reduces the patient’s lung capacity by up to 30%. Decreased blood flow from abnormal posture is a major factor in ALL DISEASE, including cancer! Decreased curves & spinal position affect heart, lungs and the digestive system. It also causes a weakened immune system, organ disease, muscle tension, intestinal diverticulitis, constipation, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, overall poor health and quality of life and a shortened life span. Cervical injuries affect muscles that control eye movement, posture, balance, gait, and ability to taste, smell and execute speech, ability to swallow, muscle tension movement, and dexterity. Research shows that a loss or increase in spinal curves, increases mortality and takes up to   14 years off your life. When the ARC OF LIFE is restored, a patient’s ability to aerate his/her lungs improves as does immune function.


Normal motion of the first four cervical vertebral joint mechanoreceptors stimulates endorphin (the Feel Good hormone) production by the Central Nervous System. Forward head posture, loss of cervical curve and atlas mal-positions blocks normal neck motion and DRAMATICALLY reduces the amount of endorphin production!! With inadequate endorphin production, many non-painful sensations are experienced as pain. (IE. FIBROMYALGIA)


Would it surprise you to know that this article was put together from MDs, and various research articles and publications from the medical community? Drugs and surgery will never be the answer to achieving optimal health and well-being. Medicine never finds the cause, it just suppresses the symptoms.


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Chiropractic Care boosts the immune system!

Research has shown that

Chiropractic Care boosts the immune system.

Specific, scientific, chiropractic adjustments relieve stress from the nerve system, which is a critical link and has governing role over the immune system.


Consider the following:


  • Spinal lesions (similar to vertebral subluxation complexes), caused by misalignments are associated with exaggerated sympathetic activity, which releases immune regulatory cells into the blood circulation and alters immune function. The nervous system has a direct effect on the immune system due to the nerve supply to the important immune system organs.
  • White blood cells, which eat and destroy bad cells, are enhanced through chiropractic care.
  • HIV positive patients adjusted over a 6-month period showed a 48% increase in CD4 cells, an important immune system component.
  • The chief of cancer prevention at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute found that people who received regular chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care. The chiropractic group showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.


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