Chiropractic is a form of health care that believes that good health and well-being are the natural disposition of the body. It focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects these disorders have on general health.

Chiropractors – also called doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians – use natural methods to treat the biomechanics, structure, and function of the spine and its effects on the muscle and nervous systems. Chiropractic emphasizes the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health.

Chiropractors also concentrate on the factors involved in a patient’s overall health, including diet and proper nutrition, activity levels and exercise, other lifestyle choices, and much more.

An essential part of good health is the proper alignment of the spine. In some cases pain is derived from the misalignment of the spine, also called the vertebral subluxation. The chiropractic physician removes the cause of pain and allows the body to heal itself by correcting the vertebral subluxations of the spine. Chiropractic is non-invasive and conservative in its approach to health. It does not utilize drugs or surgery, but rather enhances the body’s ability to heal itself.

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

Your Doctor’s Qualifications

A Doctor of Chiropractic’s training requires a minimum of six years of college and clinic internship before receiving a license. Areas of scientific study include anatomy, neurology, bacteriology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, spinal biomechanics, orthopedics, X-ray, cardiology, nutrition, physiotherapy, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, and infectious diseases. Every chiropractic graduate must pass a 4-part national board examination and state licensure examinations in order to be licensed by the Utah Division of Professional Licensing.