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What is Chiropractic?

 

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.  Chiropractors have a broad range of dignostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitivative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. 

 

Chiropractors may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or not.  In some instances, chiropractors will refer patients to an appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient's condition. 

 

Doctors of chiropractic believe in a holistic ("total person") approach to healing.  It is based on the concept of "maintaining health" versus "treating disease."    Chiropractic recognizes that a relationship exist between lifestyle, environment and health and believes that understanding the cause of illness in order to eliminate it rather than simply treating the symptoms.