The chiropractic profession has evolved to become the world's leading drug-free solution to back pain. However, it is mostly known as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints such as sprain&strain, cervicogenic headache, joints pain, cervicogenic dizziness and radicular symptoms such as sciatic pain.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) defines chiropractic as
"A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations", (World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005).
- The European Chiropractic Union has the following definition for the profession:
"Chiropractic is a primary contact health care profession with its own unique principles and practice. Chiropractic care, including diagnosis and management, focuses upon the relationship between structure, primarily the spine, and function, primarily via the nervous system, as it relates to health, posture and performance", (ECU 2005).
Continuous research develops to establish the most effective techniques and procedures to be used to assist healing for the most common musculoskeletal presentations and to better define the limits of the profession's Scope of Practice.