What does a chiropractor do?
As a complementary form of health care, chiropractic care offers a safe, drug-free, non-surgical approach to relieve back and neck pain and restore function. This medical specialty treats your muscles and bones—especially your spine—to benefit your nervous system and overall health. Your chiropractor at Mercyhealth uses manual techniques on your spine, joints, and soft tissues; therapeutic exercises; lifestyle recommendations; and education to not only help you feel better, but also provide you with the skills you need to achieve long-term health and wellness.
“In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, it may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition,” according to the American Chiropractic Association.
Chiropractors “may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. (They) will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.”