Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. Many chiropractors reject being characterized as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is a healthcare profession, and although chiropractors have many similarities to primary care providers, they are more similar to a medical specialty like dentistry or podiatry. The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, especially manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment may also include exercises and health and lifestyle counseling. Traditional chiropractic assumes that a vertebral subluxation or spinal joint dysfunction interferes with the body's function and its innate intelligence. A large number of chiropractors want to separate themselves from the traditional vitalistic concept of innate intelligence.
NUCCA stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. This is a chiropractic technique that works through the correction of small misalignments of the cervical spine. This correction seeks to restore balance to the entire spinal column allowing the nervous system to better communicate with the rest of the body. "Getting my neck adjusted by a certified NUCCA practitioner has reduced my migraines from 3 or 4 a week down to less than one a month, so I travel over 3 hours each trip to see my chiropractor." - Barb King