Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation” also called “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose of this manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.