Chiropractic medicine focuses on the health of the nerves, muscles and spine, known collectively as the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system. Functional problems in any of these areas can affect a person’s overall health and well-being.
Chiropractic care aims at improving health by improving function. It does this through evidence-based methods, including:
- Using hands-on techniques to manipulate and treat the spine, arms, legs and muscles
- Teaching helpful self-care strategies, such as exercises, dietary changes and stress- management techniques
Chiropractors rely on a thorough medical history and physical examination, as well as appropriate imaging or lab tests, to evaluate patients. Based on this information, they diagnose problems, recommend treatment options, and help patients make informed choices about their care. Chiropractors make referrals when needed, and work with other health care providers as part of a patient-centered team.