The field of chiropractic was founded by David Daniel Palmer in the 1890s. He believed that joint subluxation, or a partial dislocation, is a causal factor in disease and that removal of the subluxation by thrusting on the bony projections of the vertebrae restores health (Chiropractic Continuing Education, Chiropractic Medicine).
Practitioners of chiropractic believe that many ailments and diseases can be healed by the manual adjustment of bone and tissue. Chiropractors offer non-surgical remedies for back and neck pain, headaches, and other conditions. Chiropractic is also considered a preventative health-care method (Chiropractic Continuing Education, Chiropractic Medicine).
In addition to manipulating and adjusting bone and tissue, particularly in the spinal column, chiropractors use a variety of manual, mechanical, and electrical treatments. Chiropractors are most widely recognized for providing drug-free, non-surgical management of back and neck pain as well as of headaches. Some chiropractors also treat a variety of other ailmentsósuch as bladder infections, arthritis, and depressionówith spinal adjustments and other manipulations. Disease prevention and health promotion through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle are other important features of chiropractic medicine (Chiropractic Continuing Education, Chiropractic Medicine).
There are about 80,000 licensed chiropractors in the United States. Licensing is required in all states. Chiropractors are allowed to use manual procedures and interventions but not surgery or chemotherapy (Chiropractic Continuing Education, Chiropractic Medicine).
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