What is Chiropractic?

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord, and out to every organ and tissue.  Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right.  Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine called a  “subluxation” can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues.  Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications.  Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

Hippocrates,  the famous Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published a  text detailing the importance of manual manipulation.  In one of his writings, he declares,

“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

History of Chiropractic

Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints in the body has been around for a long time.  Ancient writings from China and Greece dating between  2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain.  In fact, Hippocrates,  the famous Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published a  text detailing the importance of manual manipulation. In one of his writings, he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this, is the requisite for many diseases”.  Evidence of manual manipulation of the body has been found among the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon,  Syria, Japan, the Incas, Mayans, and Native Americans.

The official beginning of the chiropractic profession dates back to 1895  when Daniel David Palmer restored the hearing of Harvey Lillard by manually adjusting his neck and something told him that he was on to something good.  Two years later, in 1897, Dr. Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which continues to train doctors of chiropractic to this day.

Throughout the twentieth century, the profession of chiropractic has gained considerable recognition and scientific support. The ICPA has done numerous pediatric and prenatal research showing the efficacy and positive outcomes both for birth and newborns. Chiropractic has been shown to offer a more comfortable pregnancy and help shorten labor times by aligning the pelvis properly.

Does it Hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of 1 million to 1. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.

Compare the statistics:  Adjustments are safer than over-the-counter pain relievers.

How Long Until I Feel Better?

Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take weeks, or maybe months. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your body. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors that can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health condition, muscle tone, diet and even your attitude. Overall, most patients who have been in pain and have never received Chiropractic adjustments feel better between six to twelve visits.

What to Expect

After an adjustment I advise that a patient drink plenty of water. Some patients feel tired, some feel sore, and some feel great! The thing to remember is the adjustments allow the body to start healing itself – this takes time and is a process – not a “quick fix” or a pill to mask your symptoms.

Recommendation by Certified Labor Doula

Beyond pregnancy care, I always make a point to encourage my clients to schedule with Dr. Teri to have their newborn adjusted. There are a lot of intricate movements involved in birth and likely an adjustment for baby will help release tension and encourage breastfeeding. It also develops an ongoing relationship and care as baby grows helping with development. The ultimate ‘Well Visit’ is with Dr. Teri.  ~  Jessy French-King 

Recommendation by Samantha Johns

I have been a patient of Dr. Teri for over 15 years. I initially went to Dr. Teri for help when I was pregnant. I was determined to have my child without c-section, and she was breech. With the help of Dr. Teri and my OB/GYN I was able to deliver my daughter, not breech, without c-section. I continued as a patient of Dr. Teris after I delivered because of the care that she provides. She is extremely thoughtful and is truly invested in every one of her patients.

Dr Teri helped me so much during and after my pregnancies. Plus my baby got adjusted, too. She can just tell where something is off and knows exactly how to align it, for me and my babies. Dr Teri is simply amazing!


Terri helped me through the ups and downs of pregnancy pains. Her skill is unmatched. Pregnancy can be challenging enough, and your body getting out of alignment isn't something a new mom "has" to deal with. Terri truly helped me during and post pregnancy to get back to the things I loved doing.


When I found out I was pregnant with #6, I knew that Dr. Teri was going to be my saving grace! Without her, I think there would have been days at a time I would have been bedridden. Instead, I maintained an active lifestyle chasing munchkins and was even able to make a 2k mile car trip during my 3rd trimester with minimal pain.