The majority of people who come to the center are unfamiliar with chiropractic, it´s mission and how it works.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a ¨health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health¨.
Chiropractic works with the vertebral column and the nervous system as the focus as the central axis of health. Chiropractic strives to maintain optimal connections for the connection of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the rest of the body. The goal is to maintain the patient free of interferences, that chiropractors call subluxations, so that the correct information can flow through the nerves to all the organs of our body, and from the body to the brain.
¿Qué tipo de formación reciben los quiroprácticos?
Los quiroprácticos en EEUU se someten a un total de 4.485 horas de clase en temas tales como la anatomía, fisiología, neurología y radiología. En comparación, los médicos se someten a un total de 4.248 horas. Todos los quiroprácticos deben pasar los exámenes de la Junta Nacional y ser certificados por organizaciones nacionales y estatales para practicar la Quiropráctica.
En España, existen dos universidades que, en colaboración con la Asociación Española de Quiropráctica (AEQ) imparten desde 2007 el Título Superior en Quiropráctica y Máster en Quiropráctica, formación de cinco años de duración.
Las titulaciones son de carácter propio y privado de los centros donde se imparte: idEC- Universitat
Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) y Real Centro Universitario Escorial Mª Cristina (Madrid).
El programa de estudios de ambas universidades está acreditado con el European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) desde 2017. La acreditación del programa de estudios por el ECCE significa que una vez graduados se puede solicitar la membresía de la mayoría de las asociaciones de quiropráctica en todo el mundo, habilitándoles para trabajar en aquellos países europeos y en otras regiones del mundo en las que esté regulada mediante dicha acreditación.
Además, este consejo acreditativo asegura la uniformidad y calidad de la educación quiropráctica, mediante la homologación del plan de estudios, el control del número de créditos y de las asignaturas teórico-prácticas impartidas.
What is a subluxation?
Subluxations are fixations, that is to say a lack of mobility between vertebras, and/or other joints of the body, that occur in response to a physical, chemical or emotional stress to which the body is not capable of adapting. This loss of movement, or subluxation, works like when we step on a hose and allow some, but not all, of the water to pass through. Not all of the neurological impulses are allowed to pass through an area of subluxation.
Subluxations are the cause of many symptoms, but many times they are not perceptible. Mechanoreceptors are sensation receptors that provide positional information to our brains to control our posture and coordinate movement. These receptors have to reduce their function by 90% when nociceptors (functioning as pain sensors) have to begin to send a pain message. For this reason, it is important to have regular check-ups of the spine, just like we have dental check-ups, to prevent problems in the future.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the correct name for a chiropractic treatment. An adjustment is a precise, rapid and gentle movement to eliminate subluxations and restore movement to the vertebral column and extremities, and thereby, restoring the correct function to the entire organism. Chiropractors work mostly with their hands but may on occasion use specialized instruments.
In the T.I.E. Center we use many different techniques to allow us to adapt to the type of person and individual conditions. One does not use the same procedures with a child, as with an athlete or with a senior citizen; we are all different and therefore the chiropractic care is always completely personalized for each patient.
How do we work as chiropractors?
En el Centro T.I.E trabajamos de forma totalmente individualizada, comúnmente conocido en el mundo quiropráctico como “sala cerrada”. Esto quiere decir que hay un tiempo determinado, normalmente unos 20-30 minutos, dedicados únicamente al cuidado de esa persona.
¿Cuál es la filosofía de la quiropráctica?
In the T.I.E. Center we work on a completely individualized format, commonly known in the chiropractic world as ¨closed room¨. That is to say that there is a designated time, usually 20-30 minutes, dedicated exclusively to care for that patient.
What is the philosophy of chiropractic?
Chiropractic philosophy is based on the fact that the body has a capacity to cure and regenerate itself, which in chiropractic is called “innate capacity or innate”. You can easily visualize this capacity when, for example, we injure ourselves; our body, naturally, physiologically and without our being aware, puts into place all of the mechanisms necessary to cure this injury. Through their adjustments chiropractors facilitate the correct function of the body by employing the innate capacity, which will in turn permit the complete potential of the organism.
Chiropractic is a way to care for your health with a completely natural focus, without the use of medications or invasive procedures. The objective is to allow innate to treat the cause of the problem, instead of just muting the symptoms.
Is chiropractic safe?
Lately in Spain, there has been a debate about chiropractic.
For this reason, the Spanish Chiropractors Association (la Asociación Española de Quiropráctica), has complied the most recent and best quality scientific investigations to respond to the question on many people minds: Is chiropractic safe?
Once again, Chiropractic is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a ¨health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health¨. Like all healthcare professions, it is not completely risk-free. However, the hypothetical risks associated with chiropractic are almost always mild and transitory.
The chiropractor uses the adjustment as their principal tool. The most common adverse reactions are: muscular pain, an increase in existing pain, dizziness, headache or tingling in the arms and legs, all of which are temporary.
In a study in the United Kingdom using data from nearly 20,000 patients, no severe or serious adverse effects were reported, and it showed a very low risk of developing mild and transitory reactions. Interestingly, a different study of 500 patients determined that the occurrence of “benign” adverse effects did not reduce the effectiveness of chiropractic in the longer term (3 months). Both these articles were published in the most prestigious medical journal relating to vertebral column, which is Spine.
- Thiel HW, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Oct 1; 32(21):2375-8
- Rubinstein SM, Knol DL, LeboeufYde C, van Tulder MW. Benign adverse events following chiropractic care for neck pain are associated with worse short-term outcomes but not worse outcomes at three months. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Dec 1; 33(25): E950-6