Chiropractic is primarily used for pain relief for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.
The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional coaching and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.
Chiropractic care including spinal manipulation is considered a safe, effective treatment especially for acute low back pain, which can result from sudden injury in moving furniture or getting tackled in sport.
It is also effective in treating neck pain and headaches, and other causes of aches and pains. Conditions like osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia often respond to the moderate pressure used by chiropractors.