What is it?
Chiropractic care focuses on properly aligning the body’s structures—primarily the spine—to allow for natural, drugless, surgery-free healing. A chiropractor’s goal is to discover the source of your pain, correct the problem and offer a wellness program to maintain optimal health.
The nervous system controls all of the body’s functions, and depends on the vertebrae in your spine to protect it. When your vertebrae are out of line, they can prohibit optimal operation of the nervous system, which can lead to various physical problems.
Is it safe?
Chiropractic treatments are incredibly safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of medical care available. And your chiropractor has studied extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. The chiropractic-training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited doctors of chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic.
What problems can it address?
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat lower back pain, middle/upper back pain, neck pain, face pain, headaches, pain radiating into the arms, hands, legs and feet, numbness and tingling throughout the body, scoliosis and many other health issues.
For more information, see the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.