This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Chiropractic has been shown to be a particularly useful treatment for the relief of acute (or temporary) low back pain. In 1994, the United States Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommended chiropractic manipulation as a safe initial form of treatment for acute low back pain in adults. The agency urged most patients to try conservative treatment such as chiropractic before opting for more aggressive measures such as drugs and surgery.
Chiropractic care can also ease pain in the mid-back, neck, and joints of the arms, hands, and legs. Although scientific research has not provided conclusive proof of its effectiveness, many people report that chiropractic provides relief from the pain of migraine and other headaches, muscle spasms, and nerve inflammation that can cause numbness and tingling.