• Chiropractic is a fast-growing health care discipline that primarily focuses on disorders of the spine, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
  • Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
  • Chiropractic care is used most often to treat back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches (especially tension headaches).
  • The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.
  • Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment, as well as dietary and lifestyle counseling.
  • Chiropractors may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.
  • In many cases, such as lower back pain, Chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment.
  • When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
  • Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.