Centre Chiropractic de la Colonne Vertébrale - Paris

Chiropractic Definition

A brief What is
Chiropactic ? ...

Chiropractic, after entering the therapeutic arena only a century ago in the United States, is now the third most widely practiced health profession in the world.

The origins of chiropractic date back to 1895 when David D. Palmer developed a therapy based on vertebral adjustments aimed at correcting spinal misalignments, which he considered a significant source of ailments. This method of treatment was discovered, by chance, when Palmer examined the janitor of his building, who suffered from deafness. This man had lost his hearing 17 years earlier, after hurting his back while working in a cramped, stooped position.

Palmer observed a “lump” on the man’s neck, showing that a cervical vertebra was misaligned. He returned the vertebra to its normal position through means of a vertebral adjustment, and the man recovered his hearing right away. Shortly thereafter Palmer examined a patient with a heart condition. Palmer surmised that if he acted on the vertebra linked to the heart he could perhaps obtain a positive outcome. He performed the adjustment and the patient was instantly cured.

The success of these two first interventions, as well as their amazing speed of response, triggered a series of scientific research studies in the US that quickly popularized this technique based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and, by extension, health in general.

The first chiropractic college was founded in Davenport, Iowa, soon to be followed by others. At present there are 24 faculties of chiropractic in the world: 15 in the U.S., two in Canada, two in Australia and five in Europe (one in France, one in Denmark and three in the United Kingdom). Having been granted legal status by the Senate in March 2002, chiropractic is finally official in France.

... and of
The American Chiropractic Center

Together with his team of doctors of chiropractic trained in the US, Dr. Legagnoux successfully treats all kinds of back problems and helps his patients experience health to its fullest potential. The doctors at the American Chiropractic Center regularly participate in international conferences about chiropractic, in order to stay at the cutting edge of this specialty and bring the latest techniques to France. Dr.

Legagnoux and his team belong to the French Chiropractic Association (A.F.C) with a view of continuing to promote the chiropractic profession in France.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease."

Thomas Edison

Que font les docteurs en chiropractic
Les trois fonctions de la chiropractic

Who Can Benefit from Chiropractic ?

Everyone. Just like you need to go to the dentist to have your teeth examined, you need to have your spine checked periodically if you want to live an active, pain-free life. A cavity is easier to treat when caught at an early stage and the same goes for any spinal problem: Early detection allows your chiropractor to nip it in the bud. This saves you a lot of unnecessary pain while ensuring a shorter treatment time.

The Three Functions of Chiropractic

• Relief of back and joint problems: such as neck pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, hip pain, sciatica, lumbago, scoliosis, arthritis, herniated disc, pinched disc, numbness and tingling, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, migraines, dizziness, work injuries, stress, etc.

• Prevention: Good health is much more than the absence of symptoms. A misaligned spine can remain pain-free for years. Taking care of it now will help prevent painful vertebral problems in the long run.

• Wellness: Chiropractic is a long-term investment, whose many benefits you can enjoy right away. Traditional medicine has been able to prolong the average lifespan, but it has failed in regards to improving our quality of life. We live longer, but do we live better? Chiropractic check-ups increase vitality, quality of life and help slow down the aging process.

Relationship between the nervous system and the organs

The central nervous system, which is protected by the spinal column and the cranium, controls the function of all the cells, tissues and organs of the human body.
As can be seen from the diagram, a subluxation — a misaligned vertebra — can affect various parts of the body.

Cervical - Dorsale - Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment

The central nervous system, which is protected by the spinal column and the cranium, controls the function of all the cells, tissues and organs of the human body.
As can be seen from the diagram, a subluxation — a misaligned vertebra — can affect various parts of the body

Chiropractic - Bien-être

1/ Initial Intensive Treatment - Once the cause of your symptoms has been established, the goal of this phase is to relieve the pain and/or to reduce the symptoms as quickly as possible by treating the vertebral subluxations that have been diagnosed. This will slow down the degenerative process of the spine and prevent additional vertebral damage.

2/ Corrective treatment - In addition to continuing to treat your symptoms, the objective of this phase is to correct the vertebral subluxations that are responsible for your presenting problem, and to act on related vertebral deviations. Restoring the structural balance of your spine will stabilize, and in some cases even revert, the degenerative process.

3/ Reconstructive Treatment - Although in most cases symptoms are significantly relieved at this point, chiropractic treatment must be continued in order to promote the adaptation of the skeletal system to the new equilibrium of the intervertebral discs, muscles and ligaments. Interrupting treatment at this stage would guarantee a relapse, as temporary relief should not be mistaken for a total cure. During this phase, chiropractic care consists of working on the spine’s biomechanics to make it as flexible and mobile as possible.

“Chiropractic adds life to your years and years to your life.”

After the Reconstructive Treatment - At the end of the reconstructive phase your doctor of chiropractic will inform you of the treatment plan that is best suited to your particular needs. He will review the advice given to you during the previous phases, will tell you how to make long-term changes in your lifestyle and, if necessary, will provide you with new exercises. Some patients will need to follow a maintenance program in order to keep the benefits obtained, while others will choose to continue their chiropractic care in order to promote the optimal functioning of their body and to reach their maximum health potential.


The American Chiropractic Center is located in the 7th arrondissement,
between the Eiffel Tower and the Esplanade des Invalides
and close to the American Church (119, rue de l'université 75007 Paris).
Our Englishspeaking staff will welcome you with warm and personalized attention.

Chiropractic Biophysics France