Chiropractic gets more attention these days as there are more people who concern about their spinal health. Not only used as prevention, chiropractic is also associated with the diagnosis and treatment of any spinal and musculoskeletal system disorders.
What is Chiropractic?
The General Chiropractic Council (GCG) defines chiropractic as “a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health”
The health care professionals who undergo chiropractic treatments are called Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) or also known as Chiropractor. The chiropractic treatments involve the use of the hand to treat any disorders on the joints, muscles, and bones, and this way is usually called “manual therapies”.
What is Chiropractic Treatment?
After knowing what chiropractic is all about, let’s learn more about chiropractic treatment. In chiropractic treatment, there are a lot of techniques that will be used by chiropractors in order to emphasize on the spine manipulation. Along with the techniques applied, patients might also be asked to have diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes as well as rehabilitation programs with exercise in it. In some other cases, acupuncture may also be included in chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic is different from treatments in conventional western medicine and is included in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Chiropractic treatment is mostly used to treat spinal problems, such as neck pain or lower back pain. However, in some cases, chiropractic doctor also apply chiropractic treatment to treat many other conditions, including asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and infant colic but it really depends on the chiropractors themselves (because there is no strong evidence about its effectiveness on non-spinal conditions). Chiropractor treatment is not a single treatment. Chiropractors will offer a range of treatments based on the evidence.
Nowadays, chiropractic treatment that includes spinal manipulation has been recommended as treatment option for persistent lower back pain, as alternative for conventional treatments which include painkillers and physiotherapy.