What is it?
Chiropractic care focuses on properly aligning the body’s structures—primarily the spine—to allow for natural, surgery-free healing. A chiropractor’s goal is not to give drugs that mask the pain, but to discover the source of the pain and correct the problem.
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 alignment, optimal operation of the nervous system is compromised, which can lead to various physical problems.
Is it safe?
Chiropractic treatments are remarkably safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of health care available. Chiropractors study extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. Their education consists of four years of graduate level training encompassing over 4700 hours of classroom and clinical study. 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 headaches, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder pain, numbness, leg pain, scoliosis, and other health issues.
For more information, see the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.