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Chiropractic therapy is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system particularly the spine It is primarily concerned with the alignment of the spine and its effect on the nervous system Chiropractic philosophy is based on the belief that proper alignment of the body s musculoskeletal structure particularly the spine will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication Chiropractors believe that misalignments or subluxations in the spine can interfere with the body s ability to function properly and can lead to various health problems To get everything back in place chiropractors use different techniques like gently moving your spine and joints doing stretching exercises and more Sometimes they also sell things like special pillows back supports and vitamins that they say can help with your back and muscle pain Chiropractic therapy is claimed to be effective for a range of conditions including back pain neck pain headaches joint pain and musculoskeletal injuries Some studies have shown that chiropractic treatment can be effective for certain types of back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions However the effectiveness of chiropractic therapy for other conditions is less clear and there is ongoing debate within the medical community about its efficacy and safety particularly for certain techniques and patient populations The cost of chiropractic therapy can vary depending on factors such as the practitioner s experience location and the specific treatments provided Initial consultations and evaluations may range from 50 to 200 or more with subsequent treatment sessions typically costing between 30 and 150 per session Some chiropractors may offer package deals or discounts for multiple sessions


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UIUC CHLH 101 - Alternative Therapy

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