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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system with a special emphasis on the spine, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractic treatment emphasizes manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft tissue manipulation, and can include exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. 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.