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BY CINDY KUZMA April 10, 2017
Chiropractors have the rep as the doctors who crack your back—but is that all they do?
Spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment, is indeed one of the primary treatments chiropractic doctors use, says Robert Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor in Griffin, Georgia, and a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association.
With this technique, the pros use their hands or a small instrument to apply a rapid, controlled force to a joint or your back. That results in the audible “pop” you may hear, though nothing’s actually breaking—it’s just the release of a bubble of gas from between your joints. The manipulation might feel like anything from a gentle stretch to a more intense pressure on a joint or your back.
But their domain is actually broader and more complex than you may think. Chiropractors deal with the neuromuscular system—which encompasses your muscles and the nerves that control them. Conditions that affect that system, from back pain to sports injuries to headaches, fall within their scope.
The goal of a chiropractor’s treatment is to correct your body’s structural alignment and improve how it functions. If something’s off with your alignment, they believe it can damage tissue and contribute to a wide range of health problems. So increasing your range of motion in your spine and joints is key to restoring your wellbeing, says Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
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