Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. The theory behind chiropractic is that misalignment or dysfunction of the spinal column can cause pressure on the nerves which in turn can affect the function of the body’s organs and systems.
The primary focus of chiropractic is the adjustment or manipulation of the spine to correct any misalignments that may be causing pain or discomfort. This is done by applying a controlled force to the spine, either by hand or with special instruments. The goal of the adjustments is to restore normal movement and function to the spine, reduce pain, and improve overall health.
Chiropractors also use other techniques such as soft tissue therapy, ultrasound, and electrical muscle stimulation to help alleviate pain and improve function. They also focus on exercise therapy, and dietary advice, as well as ergonomics and lifestyle advice to prevent recurrences.
Chiropractic is often used to treat back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other musculoskeletal conditions. It is also used to help alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Chiropractic is generally considered safe and effective when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. It is important to note that chiropractic is not recommended for certain conditions, such as osteoporosis or certain types of cancer. It is always recommended to consult with a licensed healthcare professional before trying any new treatment.