Chiropractic is a health care profession that is focused on neuromusculoskeletal health. Chiropractors have a specialized approach to the examination, diagnosis and treatment, based on best available research and clinical evidence with particular emphasis on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.
Effectiveness, often allowing patients avoid drugs and/or surgery, and their potential side effects, and patient satisfaction, are two of the main factors that have allowed this complimentary health care profession to flourish and spread around the world, to become one of the world's largest health care professions.
Chiropractors provide manual treatments, that is to say by using their hands, utilizing procedures such as chiropractic adjustments, manipulation, soft-tissue therapy and also take a holistic approach, emphasizing the body's self-healing ability, the mind-body relationship in health, and the patient's responsibility for their health through changes in lifestyle habits.
Chiropractors undergo a lengthy and rigorous course of training which is equivalent in duration and analogous in scope to basic medical or dental programs, but with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and biomechanics - the application of physics principles to human movement. These courses are internationally accredited, and the chiropractic degree is recognized by registration bodies in many countries in all world regions.
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