Giulio Cogo, DC
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Brighton, MI 48116
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What is Chiropractic?

D. D. Palmer (founder of modern Chiropractic) coined the term "Chiropractic" by combining the two Greek words for hand and practical, and together the words are interpreted as "done by hand."

Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art dealing with the relationship between the nervous system and the articulations of the spinal column and the role of this relationship to sickness and health. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.

The roots of Chiropractic have been traced back to 2650 B.C. in the ancient Kung Fu writings, as well as 1500 B.C. when the Greeks documented the first lower back manipulations. Spinal manipulations were also used in ancient Egypt. Hippocrates (460 - 357 BC) published writings promoting spinal care, "Get Knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases."

Chiropractic, in the U.S.A., grew out of the long study by D. D. Palmer in the late 19th century.

Chiropractors should be referred to as Doctor. The credentials "D.C." stand for Doctor of Chiropractic. They are considered physicians by Medicare.

Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive, demanding professional education on par with medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs). To receive the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution.

The spine is the Doctor of Chiropractic's - the chiropractor's - special study. No other health profession gives this most important part of the body the careful and scientific consideration the Chiropractors give it. 

Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the Doctor of Chiropractic to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral if necessary, to her health care provider.