Chiropractic is a health care profession that treats back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint problems, sprains, strains, osteoarthritis, herniated discs and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs or surgery but traditionally relies on a variety of manual therapies, including spinal manipulation and mobilization, to improve function and provide pain relief for patients.

While chiropractic adjustments of the joints are commonly associated with this profession, doctors of chiropractic are not just limited to manipulation of the spine. Many evidence-based chiropractic treatments, including but not limited to the use of physiologic therapeutics like ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation and traction, and the incorporation of exercise, nutrition and postural programs, are part of modern chiropractic car

When accidents, falls, tension, over-exertion or other injuring mechanisms occur, the inability of the spine to compensate can result in minor displacements or derangement of one or more vertebrae, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots directly by pressure or indirectly through reflexes, and requiring consultation with a chiropractor.