A brief definition of Chiropractic according to the World Federation is, A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft tissue manipulation. Practitioners undergo rigorous study in order to carry out these tasks, a thorough education of 5-6 years duration in order to be able to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the spine and peripheral joints. Practitioners employ manual techniques such as manipulative therapy, joint and muscle mobilisation soft tissue techniques, and exercises. Advice regarding what patients should do and not do, treatment expectations, and referral to other health care professionals when required is part of proper management. It is common for practitioners to comanage patients with other professionals such as physiotherapists, physicians and surgeons.
Attained through manipulations, advice and medication as needed.
Normal movement and the restoration of strength and endurance from initial therapies applied.
Primarily exercise, manipulations as required, adjustments carried out at the workplace and alterations to leisure time activities.