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Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. It is generally categorized as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Chiropractic is the third largest of the doctored health professions (behind only medicine and dentistry). It overlaps with other manual-therapy professions, including massage therapy, osteopathy, and physical therapy.
Most who seek chiropractic care do so for low back pain. Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians in many jurisdictions, emphasize the conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system without the use of medicines or surgery, with special emphasis on the spine. The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment also includes exercises and health and lifestyle counselling.