Preventive treatment is traditionally referred to as maintenance care (MC). MC has been defined as: “a regimen designed to provide for the patient's continued well-being or for maintaining the optimum state of health while minimizing recurrences of the clinical status.”
Chiropractors believe that periodic patient visits permit the doctor to identify joint dysfunction or subluxations and make corrections with spinal manipulation or other manual procedures. These treatments are believed to prevent disease of both neuromusculoskeletal and visceral origin.
Prevention and health promotion activities administered by chiropractors fall into 2 general categories:
those considered orthodox by the medical community (eg, weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation) and those that are not (eg, soft-tissue and osseous manual procedures and some dietary supplementation).
Previous research demonstrates that the orthodox activities used by primary care medical providers are also used by chiropractors. The concept that chiropractic care is of value in maintaining health and preventing disease began with the work of Palmer. For more information please ask DR Tania Leski at ChiroCure Clinic.