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
- 6 Things to Know When Selecting a Complementary Health Practitioner (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) Also in Spanish
- Chiropractors (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- 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)
Statistics and Research
- American Adults' and Children's Use of Yoga, Mediation, and Chiropractors: National Health Interview Survey 2017 (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Back Pain Facts and Statistics (American Chiropractic Association)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Chiropractic Therapy (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: The profile of older adults seeking chiropractic care: a secondary analysis.
- Article: Assessment of Studies Evaluating Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Infectious Disease and...
- Article: Exploratory factor analysis of PROMIS-29 V1.0, PROMIS Global Health and the...
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