Established in the late 19 th century in the USA by Daniel David Palmer, chiropractic is a science based on the study of disorders of the muscles, skeleton and nervous system and their effects on human health.
Chiropractic is now the third-largest primary-health profession in the world. It forms part of the national health service in over 40 countries, and in 2005 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on basic training and safety in chiropractic practice. The WHO recognises its key benefits as a cost-effective treatment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders that significantly reduces healthcare spending by avoiding surgery or drugs and by keeping the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems in good health. The approach is to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health. The relationship between structure and function is crucial for chiropractors, for a functional interference can compromise the entire muscular, skeletal or nervous system.
Given the discipline's importance and complexity, the WHO requires chiropractors to study for at least five years. This ensures that they qualify with an absolute mastery of the healthcare and medical sciences on a par with graduates in medicine, with a special focus on the muscles, skeleton and nervous system.
Based on a holistic vision of life that looks at the person in the round and not just a part of them, chiropractors aim to replenish each patient's life force, by examining their physical condition and also addressing their lifestyle. With the right guidance, everyone will find the cure inside themselves, through correct posture, good rest, a healthy diet, rediscovering their emotional equilibrium, and overcoming any psychological blocks or social barriers.
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