ALTERNATIVES: Understanding chiropractic practice

January 2005 
Volume 35  Number 1
Pages 73 - 73
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    FIFTY THOUSAND strong, chiropractors are the fourth largest group of health care professionals in the United States (after physicians, dentists, and nurses). Chiropractic is among the 10 most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This therapeutic modality is based on the belief that some medical problems are caused by misalignments of the vertebrae and that correcting vertebral subluxations helps maintain healthy nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

    Back pain is the most common reason that people see a chiropractor, but any musculoskeletal condition clearly related to spinal or vertebral misalignment is a likely candidate for chiropractic consultation. Other common problems chiropractors treat are ...

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