Founded by Daniel David Palmer of USA in late 19th century, Chiropractic Care evolved from magnetic therapy. It is a health care discipline that claims to prevent and treat health problems by using spinal adjustments in order to correct spinal dysfunction, or subluxations. Chiropractic asserts that the brain and nervous system control and coordinate all the body's functions in part through nerve branches that exit from the spinal cord between the vertebrae. Some Chiropractors infer a causal relationship between nerve interference or compression at the spine and subsequent problems in more distant parts or organ systems regulated by the nerve.
Although contemporary Chiropractic is divided into two basic schools, all chiropractic approaches are heavily based on the use of manipulation as a panacea for mechanical musculoskeletal dysfunction of the spine and extremities. Manipulative therapy, of which Chiropractic is a subset, is a controversial system, but even Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, had written about various methods for spinal realignment. Certain safety concerns like vertebrobasilar accidents, disc herniations, vertebral fracture, spinal cord compression, and cauda equina syndrome makes this system controversial, but at the same time, it is gaining popularity at a time when orthopedic ailments are on a spectacular rise. Chiropractic is a widely used practice, and many countries, including USA, offer registered courses on this.
This section links to resources on Chiropractic care, among them courses, and resources for both practitioners and patients.