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Chiropractic is a branch of healthcare that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure - mainly the spine - and its function. Conditions commonly treated by chiropractors include back and neck pain, headaches, sports injuries and repetitive strains. Patients also seek treatment of pain associated with other conditions, such as arthritis.
Doctors of chiropractic receive both classroom and clinical training in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology, nutrition, public health and other subjects. Chiropractic students spend four years learning how to adjust and manipulate the spine, joints, bones, muscles and connective tissues, such as the ligaments and tendons attached to bones and muscles.
Following training, chiropractors must be licensed by the state to practice. Chiropractic does not use drugs or surgery in treatment.
If you are seeing or plan to see a chiropractor, be sure to inform your doctor or surgeon so that all members of your health care team are informed and working together.