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Chiropractic treatment for back pain is used to address musculoskeletal conditions, such as problems with the muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue. Research studies on this treatment have been of uneven quality and insufficient findings to allow firm conclusions. Nonetheless, the general sense is that chiropractic back pain treatment and conventional medical treatments are likely equally helpful, at least when it comes to lower back pain.

Chiropractic Back Pain: An Overview

Chiropractic healthcare focuses on the relationship between the body's structure, primarily the spine, and function. Doctors of chiropractic medicine, who are also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, use a type of hands-on therapy called manipulation or adjustment as their core clinical procedure.
The word "chiropractic" combines the Greek words "cheir" (hand) and "praxis" (action) and means "done by hand." This is an alternative medical therapy and takes a different approach from conventional medicine.
The basic concepts of chiropractic care are as follows:
  • The body has a powerful self-healing ability
  • The body's structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function are closely related, and this relationship affects health
  • Chiropractic therapy is given with the goals of normalizing this relationship between structure and function, and assisting the body as it heals.
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