Preventive health care involves many factors — proper nutrition, sufficient rest, regular exercise, a positive mental attitude, good posture and more. One key ingredient is a healthy neuromuscular structure. Your spine plays an especially critical role. The spinal column houses the spinal cord, and from it nerves go out to all parts of the body. Chiropractic addresses itself to all the health care factors but gives special emphasis to care of the spine and the nervous system.
Chiropractors care for patients from a cross-section of society — all ages and occupations. Although most of those cared for fall between 18 and 50 years of age, chiropractors have reported good success with both infants and the elderly as well. Skilled and unskilled laborers comprise the biggest percentage of occupations represented. Interestingly, the advent of computer terminals and other factors in the modern office has meant many musculoskeletal problems in the white collar workforce.
Evidence of effectiveness includes controlled scientific studies as well as clinical experience. With regard to the care of low back pain, the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published a guideline in 1994 that recommended spinal adjustments. Other pro-chiropractic reports have appeared in Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere.
You and your family will have various health care needs over the years, including dental and medical care, eye examinations and spinal care. Each aspect is addressed, perhaps with some regularity, by a respective health care professional — your medical doctor, dentist, optometrist, chiropractor and so forth. In that regard, your local chiropractor, like the other professionals, may refer you to another member of the team (or to still another specialist) if a health condition is outside his or her scope of expertise.