A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Chiropractors focus on the relationship between the body’s structure (primarily the spine) and its function, and how this relationship affects the body’s ability to heal and maintain good health.
Chiropractors use a hands-on approach to treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, which may involve spinal manipulation, also known as an adjustment. The chiropractic adjustment is a technique where the chiropractor applies a controlled force to a joint in the spine or other areas of the body with the goal of improving joint motion, reducing pain, and improving function.
In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors may also use other manual techniques, such as soft tissue therapy, massage, stretching, and exercises to help patients manage their pain and improve their overall health and well-being.
Chiropractors may also provide patients with advice on lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and ergonomics, to help improve their overall health and prevent future injuries or conditions.
It’s important to note that chiropractors are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medications or perform surgery. However, chiropractors work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as medical doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, to provide comprehensive care for their patients.