By Dr. Bob Richmond, DC
Newbury Park, CA
The term "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek words
"cheiro and praktikos" meaning "done by hand."
Chiropractic care is centered on the philosophy that the
human body has the ability to heal itself when it is
given the right opportunity and circumstances.
The chiropractic profession is the most popular natural
health care choice in the United States.
Chiropractic healthcare is a branch of the healing arts
that offers the public a natural drugless approach to
improving the health and function of the human body.
Chiropractic care is based on the scientific fact that
the nervous system controls and coordinates the function
of every cell, tissue, and organ in the body.
Interference to the nervous system causes the body to
malfunction and develop symptoms. The spine, when
unhealthy, is the most common structural cause of
interference to the nervous system. This is called
a vertebral (spinal) subluxation.
When you have subluxations in your spine, the spinal
bones cause an interference to your nervous system.
Chiropractors locate the areas of the spine that are
subluxated and perform adjustments (treatments) to heal
the subluxations and remove the interference to the
What makes chiropractic care different is the approach
to your health problem. As a chiropractor, I am
trying to heal your health conditions and improve the
overall health of your body. I am not trying to
merely cover up your symptoms.
My approach to your health is to heal the cause of your
health problems, improve your overall health, and then
work to keep you as healthy as possible for the rest of