Chiropractors are also known as chiropractic physicians and doctors of chiropractic. They are primary care providers trained to diagnose and manage an extremely wide range of health problems. When necessary, chiropractors cooperate with or refer patients to other health providers.
The core of chiropractic’s success as a healing art is in correcting small or partial misalignments of the spine called subluxations. Subluxations disrupt the natural flow of the nerves, and causes various health complications.
Chiropractors treat these complications by correcting the joint and nervous system dysfunction with specific adjustments to the spine. This is done by hand or by using special tools to realign the spine, bringing your body into balance.
Chiropractic methods help relieve pain, increase mobility, and promote general health. The chiropractors’ expertise with the joints and nervous system are not limited to the spine. Chiropractors address issues and dysfunction with the other joints of the body as necessary in individual cases.
Chiropractic believes that the body has the ability to heal itself, thus chiropractors diagnose and treat conditions without the use of drugs, and/or surgery.
To become a Doctor of Chiropractic requires a minimum of seven academic years of study and training. Three or more years of pre-chiropractic requirements, in addition to four years in of chiropractic school.