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Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the bones, joints, muscles and soft tissue. Chiropractic treatment often involves spinal manipulation. Access to chiropractic through the NHS is limited.
How chiropractic is performed
Chiropractic treatment often involves manipulation of the joints, muscles and bones, especially manipulation of the spine. It may also involve advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle.
Conditions commonly treated by chiropractors
Chiropractic is commonly used for musculoskeletal conditions (affecting the muscles, bones and joints), such as lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain.
Safety and regulation of chiropractic
There is legal regulation of chiropractic in the UK. Chiropractic is one of two complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) that operate under statutory regulation.
Evidence for its effectiveness
There is good evidence that chiropractic is an effective treatment for persistent lower back pain.