American Chiropractic


What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health discipline based on the understanding that good health largely depends on the normal function of the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that run down the spine, from where they branch off the spinal cord, out to all parts of our body. If our spine suffers, our whole body suffers, and various diseases can occur.

Our spine is a set of movable bones that start at the base of the skull and end at the sacrum, or tailbone. Thirty-one pairs of nerves run from the brain along the spinal cord, where they exit the spine through a series of openings. As they emerge from the spine, the nerves form a complex network that affects all living tissue in our body.

Chiropractic was founded in 1895. by Daniel David Palmer. Today, there are many chiropractic faculties throughout the world, in places such as America, Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan. The study of chiropractic lasts a full six years. This is followed by additional specialization if the doctor of chiropractic wants to specialize in a certain technique.



why chiropractic?

Why consult a doctor of chiropractic?

Your chiropractor will perform a specific examination of the spine to determine its structure and function – this is what makes this health discipline different from other health procedures. Doctors of chiropractic spend years learning how to examine the spine by palpation (examination by touch or movement) and other methods, how to make adjustments to the spine, pelvis, and bones of the skull, based on the problem identified. Chiropractic doctors use different methods and techniques in their work. There are a number of techniques in chiropractic, depending on the problem, age, gender.

It has been scientifically proven that chiropractic is absolutely painless and safe. This is, of course, provided that treatment is performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic. Annually, millions of people around the world turn to doctors of chiropractic – old and young, housewives and actors, athletes and recreational people, businessmen and workers.

What ailments can chiropractic help with?

Accidents, stress, tension, too much physical effort and many other factors result in the so-called displacements in the spine, causing irritation in the nerve roots. Such stimuli are most often the cause of health disorders. Chiropractic teaches us that by eliminating or reducing such stimuli, we help the body to function better and more comfortably.

  • Headaches, migraines

  • Back pain

  • Lumbago

  • Sciatica

  • Discopathy

  • Tingling and/or loss of sensation in the legs or arms

  • Pain in the shoulders, arms or legs

  • Stiffness in the neck or back

  • Scoliosis

  • Otitis

  • Stress, insomnia

  • Dizziness

  • Poor posture in children

  • Allergy, asthma, bronchitis

  • Help before and after spinal surgery


first visit

The conditions treated by a doctor of chiropractic are very diverse – just like the nervous system itself. A doctor of chiropractic uses standard medical procedures in part to determine the problem. The doctor of chiropractic will ask you about the health problems that bother you, about your and your family’s medical history, the work you do, the examinations or treatments you may have had so far, as well as everything else important to determine the nature of your ailments and determine the best treatment accordingly . If necessary, the doctor of chiropractic will refer you to another specialist for treatment.

All possible medical documentation you have – X-rays, laboratory analysis, and other diagnostic procedures – is of great importance to the doctor of chiropractic.


four phases of therapy

A phase in which the patient may feel a certain degree of discomfort. This is may be characterized by pain, inability to perform certain movements, muscle spasm, etc. This is the phase in which the symptoms are the biggest concern of the patient. Treatment in this phase may include spinal adjustment, physical therapy, ice therapy, etc. This phase can last from a few days for minor acute problems to a few weeks for more serious conditions. A greater number of treatments are required in a short time – several treatments per week until the symptoms decrease.

In this phase the pain after the treatment from the first phase is significantly reduced or has completely disappeared. This is the stage where the patient feels as if he can return to his usual activities. But if he does, it’s common for the pain to return and start to increase. This is because the patient’s condition is not fully stabilized. In this phase, treatments last from a few weeks for milder conditions to several months for more severe conditions.

We have noticed that many patients in Croatia come to us with more severe and already chronic conditions. This is most often because they ignored the previous symptoms for too long and continued to perform their usual activities, ignoring the body’s messages (pain, tingling, stiffness, etc.), and brought themselves and their spine into a severe chronic condition. In some cases, it is almost impossible to completely remove disturbances and pain, but then the goal is to reduce, stabilize and maintain them at a tolerable level.

The phase in which the frequency of treatment is reduced, pain is absent or, in more severe cases, is at a stable tolerable level. The soft tissue that surrounds the endangered segments of the spine, muscles, tendons and ligaments are strengthened allowing the proper function of the organs and tissues and nerves that control that area.

A phase in which treatments vary from once a week to once every two months. Once the patient has worked hard to get to this stage, it is relatively easy to maintain a condition that both doctor and patient are happy with.