Chiropractic is a health care profession. Chiropractors perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body. The goal is to correct alignment problems, ease pain, and support the body's natural ability to heal itself. They may also use other treatments including
- Heat and ice
- Electrical stimulation
- Relaxation techniques
- Rehabilitative and general exercise
- Counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors
- Dietary supplements
NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Chiropractors (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Also in Spanish
- Credentialing, Licensing, and Education (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic (American Chiropractic Association)
- History of Chiropractic Care (American Chiropractic Association)
- Time to Talk: 6 Things to Know When Selecting a Complementary Health Practitioner (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) Also in Spanish
- Your First Chiropractic Visit (American Chiropractic Association) - PDF
Statistics and Research
- Back Pain Facts and Statistics (American Chiropractic Association)
- Determining the Optimal Number of Spinal Manipulation Sessions for Chronic Low-Back Pain (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Chiropractic Therapy (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Cervical artery dissection related to chiropractic manipulation: One institution's experience.
- Article: Implementation of tobacco cessation brief intervention in complementary and alternative...
- Article: Changes in the use practitioner-based complementary and alternative medicine over...
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