Healing, prevention and vitality with the help of chiropractic
Chiropractic belongs to alternative medicine. The word is derived from the ancient Greek for “hand” (cheir [χείρ]) and “activity” (praxis [πρᾶξις]), indicating its very ancient origin. The treatment method aims at eliminating dysfunctions of the locomotor and supporting apparatus. The focus of specialists such as Chiropraxis Düsseldorf is particularly on the spine.
- 1 Adjustment: With special hand movements, the chiropractor corrects misalignments of the spine to eliminate lateral or medial pressure. This can eliminate pain for example in case of sciatica (sciatica).
- #2 Traction: In this process, the chiropractor pulls joint partners apart to relieve pressure, reduce pressure, and thus relieve pain. The stretching of joint capsules and ligaments improves mobility.
- #3 Mobilization (translatory gliding): This can improve mobility in the joint. The chiropractor moves the joint parts parallel to each other.
- #4 Soft tissue treatment: Relaxation and stretching techniques lengthen the musculature so that it adapts to a new joint play.
- #5 Reflex technique: Using nerve reflexes, the chiropractor influences tension in the muscles. This affects the perception of pain. The vegetative nervous system also benefits.
Chiropractic in Germany
In Germany, the practitioners are commonly called “chiropractors”, but the correct technical term is “chiropractor”. Anyone who wants to practice with the treatment technique must be licensed as a doctor or non-medical practitioner according to the Heilpraktikergesetz (law on non-medical practitioners).
This is preceded by a comprehensive knowledge test. Recently, foreign degrees are also recognized in Germany without additional examination.
History of chiropractic
As mentioned, the relevant treatment techniques are very old, they are already mentioned by ancient physicians such as Hippocrates and Galenos. Modern chiropractic was founded by U.S. physician Daniel David Palmer in the late 19th century. Century.
However, the techniques have existed continuously since antiquity, Palmer only restructured the field and gave it a modern scientific basis. In the 1920s, modern chiropractic arrived in Germany.
How Chiropractic Helps?
The modern concept of chiropractic is described by the acronym HVLA for “high velocity / low amplitude”. So the chiropractor applies fast, high-energy impulses, but moves the joints only minimally in the process. This helps not only with pain in or around the spine, but also in other parts of the musculoskeletal system.
Today, the influence on the joints is done very carefully in order to influence the processing and transmission of pain. In addition, chiropractic releases certain blockages caused by displaced bones and hardened muscles.
The therapist’s grips always move the joints in a free direction, not in the blocked direction. If the treatment is successful, the pain disappears during or shortly after the treatment. In case of wrongly applied grips they would increase.
For an exact diagnosis, the chiropractor will first talk to the patient and, if necessary, examine him with X-rays and/or CT scans. It is necessary to determine whether functions are disturbed by a misalignment of vertebrae/joints or by a damaged tissue.
Certain previous damage, especially in the case of problems with the cervical spine, must be ruled out. In some cases they would exclude the chirotherapeutic treatment. The chiropractor also detects concatenations through anamnesis.
These are complaints, which have their cause at completely different body places than the pain region. With these modern methods chiropractic today offers a holistic and effective treatment concept.