Chiropractic is the largest global health care profession focused on neuromusculoskeletal (MSK) health, that is, the joints and muscles, and the nervous system that controls them. Chiropractors have a specialised approach to examination, diagnosis and treatment, based on best available research and clinical evidence with particular emphasis on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.
Effectiveness, often allowing patients avoid drugs and/or surgery, and their potential side effects, and patient satisfaction, are two of the main factors that have prompted this health care profession to flourish and spread around the world, to become the world's third largest professional-degree health care discipline.
Chiropractors provide manual treatments, that is to say, by using their hands, utilizing procedures such as chiropractic adjustments, manipulation, soft-tissue therapy, and also take a holistic approach, emphasizing the body's self-healing ability, the mind-body relationship in health, and the patient's responsibility for their health through changes in lifestyle habits.
Chiropractors undergo a lengthy and rigorous course of training which is equivalent in duration and analogous in scope to basic medical or dental programmes, but with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and biomechanics - the application of physics principles to human movement. These courses are internationally accredited. The Chiropractic profession is recognized as the leader for manual healthcare by World Health Organisation. Chiropractic is a registered profession in many jurisdictions around the world. Chiropractic care is suitable for all age groups. Safety and effectiveness has been demonstrated in patients from infants to the elderly.