Chiropractic is a health treatment that aims to correct problems with the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system. Chiropractic is a popular treatment for pain and stiffness, especially in the neck and back. Chiropractic may be used to treat conditions including sciatica, fibromyalgia, herniated or degenerated discs, and spondylosis.
What does it involve?
At your first visit, a chiropractor will ask you questions about your symptoms and examine you. The most common form of chiropractic treatment is an adjustment, also called a spinal manipulation. During an adjustment, the chiropractor will carefully direct force into specific joints to increase mobility and correct misalignment. Chiropractors may also utilize massage or teach you stretches you can do at home.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce pain and stiffness and help you feel your best. The effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in cases of chronic pain depends on many factors.
Some insurers will cover chiropractic treatment, but others may not. Out-of-pocket costs for chiropractic treatment may be expensive.
Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find or travel to a chiropractor.
In rare cases, people may feel pain during chiropractic adjustments. Some people feel mild soreness for up to 48 hours after receiving chiropractic treatment.