In the late nineteenth century, it was documented that the first spinal manipulation was conducted by a practitioner named Dr. David Palmer. While spinal manipulation and chiropractic care have roots as far back as ancient times in Greece and China, chiropractic care as we understand it today would not be established as a discipline of alternative medicine until Dr. Palmer’s adjustment.
Chiropractic care is usually thought of as treatment for specifically back problems and nothing else. However since chiropractic care has progressed on through the late nineteenth century, many researchers have found that chiropractic care has implications in all sorts of different health problems and that it has the ability to improve and potentially eliminate certain conditions within the body.
Another assumption that is commonly made by those who are unaware of chiropractic care’s capabilities is that chiropractic care is strictly for elderly patients who have old bones and whose backs have all sorts of problems. In actuality, this is far from true. It is important to realize that chiropractic care can be applied in patients of all ages no matter how young or old. Whether it is a newborn baby, an adolescent, a middle-aged, patient, or an elderly patient, people of all ages and sizes have the ability to benefit from chiropractic care.
Newborn babies experience significant musculoskeletal stress when they pass through the birth canal. Chiropractic care can align the bones in the infant, which are still growing, so that they will maintain correct alignment as the mold into more mature bones. Once they become toddlers, then children, and eventually adolescents, the rate at which the musculoskeletal system grows increases rapidly. This presents many opportunities for problems with alignment and if these problems are not addressed by a chiropractor in a timely fashion, they can be difficult to correct later in life.
Middle-aged patients can benefit from chiropractic care as well. At this point in life, the musculoskeletal system has experienced a lot of wear and tear. When patients enter old age, this is even more the case, and more conditions tend to develop alongside musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractors can help patients not only treat these musculoskeletal problems, but also mitigate the comorbidities that come alongside the musculoskeletal problems.
On the whole, chiropractic care is applicable in patients of all ages. We must recognize that chiropractic care is not reserved for just one age group and in doing so, we can open the eyes of so many who need treatment desperately.
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