What it is
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment also includes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic employs manipulation and adjustment of body structures, such as the spinal column, so that pressure on nerves coming from the spinal cord due to displacement (subluxation) of a vertebral body may be relieved. Practitioners believe that misalignment and nerve pressure can cause problems not only in the local area, but also at some distance from it. Chiropractic treatment appears to be effective for muscle spasms of the back and neck, tension headaches, and some sorts of leg pain. Following the initial consultation and exam, the chiropractor will formulate a diagnosis, inform the patient of te extent of treatment recommended and how long it can be expected to last. X-rays may alro be requested if necessary.