Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on the general health of the whole person.
As a profession, the primary belief is in natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication.
They devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health.
A doctor of chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, the promotion of public health, and who takes a wellness approach to patient healthcare.
Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as, headaches, sciatica, joint, neck, and lower back pain. They also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains.
The scope of conditions that doctors of chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to musculoskeletal disorders. They also have training to treat for allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (middle ear infections) and much more.
According to the National Institute of Health, chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which as tripled in the past two decades.