The term is derived from Greek and means “to treat with the hand”.
Chiropractic was developed by D.D. Palmer in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa, USA. From then on Chiropractic has developed into the biggest division of naturopathy (natural healing). Today Chiropractic has become an independent scientific discipline based on manual treatment methods as well as therapy and prophylaxis of reversible functional disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
The Chiropractic profession deals with the relationship between structure (spinal column) and function (nervous system) of the human body by restoring and maintaining health.
Chiropractic is a holistic method which is based on the self-healing properties of the body and removes the cause of the disturbance instead of simply concentrating on the symptoms.
This means that surgical methods are not required in order to normalise and strengthen the functions of the nervous system. Successes are often achieved after only a few treatments.
The Chiropractor is a graduate of at a university abroad awarded with a doctor’s degree.
The education and training a Chiropractor receives, specialises in orthopaedics and neurology. Doctors of Chiropractic are in a position to correctly interpret x-ray images. Through their training, they have acquired special manual and technical methods required for the examination and treatment of the musculoskeletal system and have a deep knowledge of human neurology and biomechanics as well as a great understanding of the many different problems that can stem from neuromuscular disorders.
The university study course comprises of 4,822 hours and includes theoretical as well as practical clinical experience.