This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Chiropractic takes a structural, nutritional, and emotional approach to health care. The chiropractor aims to gently restore the natural and delicate balance that exists in all healthy individuals.
To do this, a chiropractor locates vertebrae that do not move properly, particularly along the spine. These areas are called subluxations and they can cause inflammation and eventually pain and dysfunction in nerves, joints, and muscles. Chiropractors treat subluxations by adjusting the bones (and their associated muscles and joints) gently with their hands. When misalignments are corrected, according to chiropractic theory, the integrity of the nervous system is restored, ensuring optimal function.