Chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers. One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation or mobilization (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation or mobilization is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement. Manipulation or mobilization of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness. Based on the extent, timing or severity of the patient’s condition, chiropractic interventions may require several visits.
Chiropractors at Hennepin Healthcare use a diversified technique, with some providers additionally trained in McKenzie and Webster techniques.