Chiropractic is a health care profession that is defined by the science, art and philosophy.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system, mainly your brain and spinal cord, controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. Your body is self-regulating and self-healing. Your brain sends information to other parts of your body by the nervous system through the nerves which start at your spinal cord inside the spinal vertebrae/bones of your skeleton. These nerves link all of your muscles, tissues and organs together in a communication system but the disruption of this communication pathway causes a malfunction to the tissues and organs which we referred to as VSC or Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Chiropractic is the science of finding these areas of spinal malfunction, the art of correcting them and the philosopy of all thing natural as we have been created.
Chiropractors master the adjusting "art" of Chiropractic which includes a comprehensive evaluation, a review of health history, clear diagnosis and a recommended specific treatment plan customized for each patient. This includes specific spinal adjustments. Adjustment describe many hundreds of ways and techniques of directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal segments to a more normal position allowing the nervous system to be restored to its properly functioning state. Chiropractic is truly an art.
Chiropractic philosophy recognizes that the power that created the body can heal the body - as long as there is not interference/irritation to the nervous system. The doctor does not heal you; she is a co-facilitator with you for your body to be put in the correct environment to heal itself. The main purpose of the chiropractor is to reduce interference to your inborn, innate healing ability.
In the chiropractic world, drugs and surgeries are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.