Greek, meaning “done by hand”
Today, chiropractic is taught and practiced throughout the world. The chiropractic profession is the third-largest physician-level independent health profession in the Western world.
Chiropractic is an inherently conservative approach to health care, and the profession values the intrinsic biologic ability or innate tendency of the body to self-regulate, restore and maintain health through compensating homeostatic mechanisms, reparative processes and adaptive responses to environmental challenges.
Dr. Uhl is a strong believer in managing musculoskeletal and mechanical spine conditions as conservatively as possible. With the rise of opioid misuse and risky surgeries, he feels that many times a sensible, methodical chiropractic and rehab program can alleviate most of these painful conditions. Dr. Uhl works very closely with his orthopedic, neurology, general practice and physical therapy colleagues for the betterment of complicated cases that need co-management.
The Chiropractic Perspective and Practice
The relationship between structure--primarily the spine and musculoskeletal system--and function--as coordinated by the nervous system--is central to chiropractic’s approach to patient care. Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the inseparable relationship of spinal biomechanics and the function of the nervous system to control, coordinate and regulate the human body. Mechanical spinal dysfunction, termed subluxation* or subluxation complex, because is asymmetrical and unnatural loading of spinal joints resulting in degeneration and arthritis, negatively affects nerve function, and the body’s ability to regulate and maintain health.
Chiropractic: Healing with a Human Touch
Doctor of Chiropractic (DCs) are primary health care professionals meaning they are a portal of entry into the healthcare system without need for referral from other medical providers. The chiropractic spinal adjustment is core treatment intervention chiropractors use in the management of mechanical causes of back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, disc herniations, disc degeneration, radiating pain in the arms and or legs and many other musculoskeletal conditions. The spinal adjustment can be achieved in many ways and tailored to accommodate most patient’s needs and comfort level. Specifically adjusting spinal joints to correct disturbed joint biomechanics and the associated effects on nerve system function is a skilled procedure that is as much an art, perfected over years, as a science.
Symptoms are the tip of the Iceberg
A symptom may only be the tip of the iceberg – with a much bigger problem lying under the surface. A symptom is just a symptom – it isn’t the cause. Symptoms are a bit like the fire alarm going off, to warn you that there is a problem. The fire alarm is not the problem, the fire is!
It is also important to understand that symptoms may be due to dysfunction in a part of the spine that seems unrelated to the problem area .
Remember that your body is one big interconnected system – no part of it operates in isolation.
The objective of chiropractic care is to restore healthy communication throughout your body, and to maintain this communication over time, leading to better function, less pain and a healthier you!