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Chiropractic care


Chiropractic care focuses on how bone, joint and nerve problems affect general health. It is used most often to treat back pain, headache, joint pain or neck pain.

A doctor of chiropractic (DC) uses a hands-on approach to health care. A chiropractor may give nutrition advice or suggest exercises. He or she does not prescribe medicines.

The most common treatment done by a chiropractor is called "spinal manipulation" or "chiropractic adjustment." By applying a controlled force into injured joints or tissue, a chiropractor can help you more freely, relieve pain and muscle tightness, and allow damaged tissues to heal.




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Source: Allina Health clinics; MedTerms Medical Dictionary (

First published: 05/18/2006
Last updated: 06/13/2014

Reviewed by: Molly Magnani, DC, Allina Health