Management includes joint and soft-tissue manual treatments, rehabilitation exercises, patient education, lifestyle modification, and the use of physical therapy modalities.
Excerpt from "The Current Status of the Chiropractic Profession - Report to the World Health Organization from the World Federation of Chiropractic (December, 2012)"
To ensure that each patient receives treatment that is tailored to his/her specific needs, a range of natural and complementary therapeutic approaches may be employed by a chiropractor.
A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability, and improving function.
A chiropractic adjustment typically involves:
A high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra
An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release joint pressure
A relieving sensation most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during this chiropractic care.
CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE EMPHASIZES THE CONSERVATIVE
MANAGEMENT OF DISORDERS OF THE NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL
SYSTEM WITHOUT THE USE OF MEDICINES & SURGERY