What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a form of natural health care that focuses on treating a patient without the use
of drugs or medicines. Doctors of Chiropractic, more commonly
known as chiropractors, are primary health care providers licensed
in all 50 states, and are recognized by governmental health care
programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers' Compensation programs
and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see
chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs and with
over 84,000 licensed chiropractors nationwide and more than 10,000
students currently enrolled in chiropractic school, it is the fastest
growing health care profession.
A chiropractor is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease,
as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach
to patient healthcare. The practice and procedures that are
employed by chiropractors are based on the academic and clinical training
received in and through accredited chiropractic colleges. Chiropractors
frequently treat individuals with problems, such as headaches, joint
pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat
patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel
syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions
that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the
common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the
training to treat a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma,
digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.