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Chiropractic

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Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that aims to diagnose, treat, and prevent neuromuscular disorders, particularly those of the musculoskeletal system, through the use of manual therapy, particularly spinal manipulation. The theory behind chiropractic is that misalignments or subluxations of the spine can lead to various health problems and that by realigning the spine through manipulation, the body’s innate ability to heal itself can be restored.

Chiropractors, who are the practitioners of chiropractic, typically use a hands-on approach in their treatment, which includes adjustments, mobilization, and manipulation of the spine and other joints. They may also incorporate exercises, lifestyle counseling, and nutritional advice as part of their treatment plan.

It’s important to note that while chiropractors may have a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and are referred to as “doctor,” they are not medical doctors (M.D.) and their training and scope of practice is different from that of traditional medical doctors. Many chiropractors may view themselves as primary care providers, but their clinical training does not meet the requirements for that designation.

It is also important to note that coverage for chiropractic treatment in medical insurance policies may vary, so it is important to check the specifics of your policy.