Chiropractic treatment is a branch of alternative medicine primarily concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. At NJ Health and Injury, our doctors are driven by their belief in the power of the body to heal. The human body is a true marvel of evolution, and the latest trends in alternative medicine indicate that many ailments are the result of nerve dysfunctions resulting from imbalances in the musculoskeletal system in addition to lifestyle choices.
Our philosophy is quite distinct from the prevailing sentiment among most medical professionals because we can prove that most ailments can be successfully treated without the use of surgery or drugs. We have an unparalleled reputation for treating a diverse patient population in various stages of their lives and careers. As the acceptance of alternative medicine continues to grow, our mission is to empower our patients to overcome their health challenges and live healthy and fulfilling lives through minimally invasive chiropractic treatment.
Holistic Treatment and Healing
The human body is fascinating and complex at the same time. The spine houses the spinal cord, which consists of nerves which provide a critical pathway for information to travel throughout the body. With each patient, we start with a comprehensive and individualized consultation to develop a holistic and multifaceted treatment plan. Our doctors have extensive training in locating the actual source of any pain or discomfort a patient may be experiencing. We have often identified sources of ailments that may initially seem unrelated to the symptoms our patients initially presented with. Nerve dysfunction can result from a plethora of factors including stress, accidents, or overuse of muscles. These factors can alter the wiring of our nervous system and be the root cause of pain or discomfort in a patient.
If we believe that a patient would be an ideal candidate for chiropractic treatment, we recommend a treatment plan for the patient to accept. Once the patient commits to all aspects of our treatment plan, we correct and realign the appropriate joints in the body and harness the power of the body to naturally heal. It is important for us to take into account the overall lifestyles of our patients as well, and work with them to make critical lifestyle modifications to achieve the best results based on the condition we are treating them for. Our treatments are as varied as the individual needs of each patient, but we always strive to cure our patients instead of merely masking the symptoms of disease.
History of Chiropractic Medicine
The founder of chiropractic medicine as we know today was Dr. Daniel David Palmer, who founded the Palmer School and Cure in Davenport, Iowa in 1895. Dr. Palmer was primarily motivated by his interest in alternative medicine and magnetic healing. The structure and condition of the human body can profoundly influence the ability to heal and feel better. He believed that subluxation (misalignment of the spine) was the primary cause of most diseases and imbalances in the body. By properly aligning the spine and restoring nerve supply to the affected area, Dr. Palmer was able to successfully cure patients suffering from an array of ailments deemed incurable by conventional medical science.
A janitor working in the same building as his practice claimed that his hearing was restored through the proper realignment of his spine. Soon after, another patient no longer experienced heart troubles following chiropractic treatment administered by him. Dr. Palmer even treated patients experiencing more minor ailments such as headaches and ear infections, while other handicapped patients were able to leave behind their crutches and wheelchairs because they could now walk without assistance.
After successfully treating his patients for a myriad of ailments, Dr. Palmer’s reputation grew and piqued the interest of other medical professionals who were skeptical of the prevailing school of thought. In 1906, Dr. Palmer’s son B.J. Palmer assumed control of the school, and continued to do so until his death in 1961. Following his death, Dr. Palmer’s grandson David Daniel Palmer assumed leadership of the school. During their tenure, new schools of chiropractic medicine were opened across the world and other medical fields began to incorporate the principles of chiropractic treatment into their practice of medicine.
Chiropractic Medicine Today
Today, all 50 states and many other countries officially recognize and license chiropractors to practice their profession. The field will continue to grow as more patients recognize the benefits of chiropractic treatment over other forms of medicine. For over 100 years, “mainstream” medicine has emphasized a lifetime of treatment and medication, often ignoring the root causes of patient ailments and not even considering the possibility of a long-term cure. In other words, doctors tend to treat the symptoms without curing the disease. It is our hope that by continuing to demonstrate results through our dedication to holistically treating all patients, more medical professionals will incorporate our principles into their practice of medicine.
Building on the legacy of Dr. Palmer and countless doctors following in his footsteps, our doctors at NJ Health and Injury share in the belief that misalignment of the spine or lifestyle choices are the root cause of most ailments. The practice of chiropractic medicine has worked to prevent illness and injury for many generations since it was founded. We pursue a holistic approach towards providing both clinical treatments for our patients as well as recommending lifestyle changes that can harness the power of the body to heal and cure them of their ailments.