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More than 20 million Americans visit chiropractors annually, seeking relief from a range of aches and pains, particularly neck and back pain and headaches.
According to the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA), chiropractics is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and alternative treatments, which generally are considered safe and effective for acute pain, which often results from moving furniture or getting tackled. Research has also shown chiropractics to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches. In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both by chiropractors and practitioners of deep tissue massage, according to WebMD.