The bones of the spine (vertebrae) are moveable and can shift due to trauma, toxins that build up in your body or stress. These misalignments, called subluxations, can place pressure on nerves and surrounding tissues, therefore affecting the function of the body and causing symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and dysfunction.
An estimated 50 million Americans see a chiropractor each year. The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand.” There are many different chiropractic techniques. The most common adjustment is done with the chiropractor’s hand. The second most commonly used technique are Activator Methods.
Your first visit to the chiropractor will normally take longer as a complete history is taken. The more information given at the initial exam helps give the chiropractor the whole picture of your health. A normal first patient visit at this office is one hour, your second and subsequent visits are 10 minutes in this office.
History of Chiropractic
Chiropractic was founded and coined as a profession by DD Palmer on September 18th, 1895. Bone setting has been happening for centuries. The first written account of bone setting was on a papyrus from 1552 BC, in Ancient Egypt.
What is a Chiropractic Doctor?
A chiropractor is a state licensed doctor who uses different techniques to adjust the spine. An adjustment is safe, and effective controlled force introduced to the spine aiding the body to heal and restore proper function. Chiropractors are educated in human anatomy with specific detail to neurology, bones, and joints. Chiropractors are trained on how to take and read x-rays of the spine. Chiropractic adjustments help reduce pain, increase proper movement and improve quality of life. Chiropractors work well with other health care professionals and are trained to refer to the appropriate specialist when needed.
A list of courses one must complete to become a doctor of chiropractic can be viewed at:
Dr. Walker graduated Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa in October of 2003. She graduated with a doctor of chiropractic and a bachelor of science degree. She attended all the seminars she could on early childhood development and enjoys working with pregnant mothers and their children of all ages. She furthered her education through the ICPA4Kids program.
Dr. Walker is honored she can care for so many newborns with in the first week of their lives. It is hard work being born.