Chiropractic is a health profession focused on treating spinal and musculoskeletal problems primarily through manual manipulation. A chiropractor does not prescribe medication, but relies on a variety of manual therapies, including spinal manipulation, mobilization, and adjunctive therapies, to improve function and provide pain relief.

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The Activator Method chiropractic technique is a manual manipulation treatment method that uses a hand-held, mechanical instrument for treating back and neck pain.

Licensed health care practitioners who are certified in the Activator Method training may use this treatment method.

The Activator Method treatment typically begins with the lower back and progresses toward the head, targeting each spinal level individually.

Chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae, with the objective of reducing the subluxation and providing effective pain relief.

Chiropractic and osteopathic medicine represent more conservative treatment options for patients with back pain and neck pain.

Upper back pain can affect all age groups. Learn the common sources of upper back dysfunction and commonly accepted treatments used by chiropractors.

Chiropractic diagnosis of lower back pain is guided by a "triage" concept that classifies the symptoms into one of three categories: potentially serious, sciatica or non-specific.

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