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What Is Chiropractic?

According to the AEQ (Spanish Chiropractic Association), the only official body in the country that brings together all qualified chiropractors practising in Spain: Chiropractic is the healthcare profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the nervous system and on general health”.

What does its practice entail?

Chiropractic aims to maintain the proper functioning of the body’s master system: the nervous system. Why? For a simple and logical reason. This is the system that directs, controls and regulates ALL the functions of our body, including its innate capacity for self-healing and self-regulation.
The treatment is manual, specific and is not invasive or aggressive for the body. Doctors perform VERTEBRAL ADJUSTMENTS whose purpose is to correct subluxations that are caused by situations of daily stress.

What is a Subluxation?

Vertebral subluxation occurs when one or more vertebrae move out of place and “pinch” the corresponding spinal nerve.
This “pinching” causes a set of functional, structural and pathological changes that alter the proper functioning of our nervous system, influencing the activity of other body systems and, consequently, our health.

What is a Vertebral Adjustment? Is it safe? Does it hurt?

Chiropractic adjustment is specific. The subluxated vertebrae are precisely adjusted to return the spine to its normal functionality and eliminate nervous system interferences that can trigger alterations in the body such as migraines, dizziness, vertigo, stress, fatigue, insomnia, tingling in the extremities, digestive problems, constipation, lower back pain, sciatica, etc.
The adjustment, always applied by a qualified chiropractor, is painless, quick and very effective. The safety of the chiropractic adjustment has been demonstrated in comparison to other more traumatic, aggressive or invasive treatments that carry more risks for the patient.
Chiropractic offers a different service since it dispenses with surgery and pharmacology.
Chiropractic makes use of more than 150 different adjustment techniques and each chiropractor uses them depending on the needs of the patient and their health goals.

What training does a Chiropractor have?

The training of chiropractors is done at university level, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Spain.
A chiropractic degree lasts for five to seven academic years (the number of academic years varies depending on the country), which is equivalent to about 5,500 teaching hours.
On finishing the degree, the title of Doctor of Chiropractic is obtained, as many of these healthcare professionals call themselves, or that of Bachelor of Chiropractic (if studying at a European university).
To ensure the uniformity of teaching and the quality of the education given at all the institutions accredited to teach the degree in Chiropractic, accreditation councils have been created that, on an international level, establish the educational standards for the profession, supervising study plans. and inspecting the universities that teach them.

ITS HISTORY

The chiropractic profession began in 1895 in Davenport (Iowa, USA). It was Daniel David Palmer who successfully performed the first treatment, adjusting a displaced vertebra for Harvey Lillard, a deaf patient. The patient immediately recovered his hearing.
The good result of this first adjustment triggered a string of research in the United States that led to the birth of Chiropractic.
Since then, Chiropractic has developed in parallel to allopathic medicine, to its current position of being the world’s third primary care healthcare profession (after Medicine and Dentistry) in order of importance and the number of patients. The significant growth detected in the United States (where it is the second healthcare profession) and Canada, and later in other countries in Europe and around the world, was based on good clinical and scientific results, as well as patient support.
Some countries already include it in their public health system. In others, such as Spain, work is being done for its regularisation. The first chiropractor to come to Europe settled in Brussels in 1923. Today, Chiropractic is taught and practised throughout the world. Today there are about 70,000 Chiropractic doctors spread over five continents. The millions of patients in the world who visit a chiropractor every day represent a wide range of people and cases.

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