What truly differentiates doctors of chiropractic from other health care professionals is the fact that chiropractors are the only professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat what are called vertebral subluxation complexes. The word "subluxation" is short hand to describe a motion unit that is not functioning optimally.
When a subluxation occurs a chiropractor can correct the motion unit that is not functioning properly and restore function and balance to area.This procedure is appropriately called an adjustment, and the adjustment enables the body to heal. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a motion unit in a specific vector to cause a change in the input to the nervous system which then in turn restores appropriate function to the area. The wiring is fixed. Information is flowing again. To keep the wiring fixed,several adjustments over a course of time may be necessary, in addition to massage, stretching exercises, or strengthening exercises. In the chiropractic world, keeping the problem fixed and preventing its reoccurrence is just as important as the initial remedy.
In order to be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex through chiropractic care.