What Chiropractic Care Is and When You Need It
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment. (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999)
Chiropractic services are used most often to treat conditions such as back and neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Chiropractors practice a hands-on, drug free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Doctors of Chiropractic do not prescribe medications of any type.