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Chiropractic care is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects these disorders may have on general health. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our chiropractors perform techniques designed to relieve pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles caused or intensified by conventional cancer treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Chiropractic care may help to reduce stress and increase mobility, flexibility, strength and function.

Our chiropractors are licensed chiropractic physicians with expertise in using non-invasive manual or instrument procedures to realign the muscles and joints of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors work closely with oncologists and the rest of the patient’s care team to recommend strategies to help reduce stress on the nervous system without the use of drugs or surgical treatment.

If your oncologist determines chiropractic care is safe and appropriate, and you choose to incorporate chiropractic care into your regimen, a chiropractor will work with your oncologists and the rest of your care team to develop a plan. Your plan may include non-invasive manual chiropractic techniques to correct bone, muscle and joint problems and restore nerve function. Chiropractic care is a modality often provided over multiple sessions. Recognizing the importance of maintaining that continuity of care, our chiropractors can work with you to identify and refer you to qualified chiropractors in your home community. 

A common therapeutic procedure is spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustment. Manipulation involves manually applying a controlled force to the spine and/or other joints in the body that have become misaligned or restricted in their movement.

Some specific chiropractic techniques to restore alignment include:

  • Hands-on adjustments
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Electrical stimulation of the muscles
  • Traction
  • Heat
  • Ice
  • Application of special instruments
  • Non-force techniques

Throughout your cancer treatment, we will consistently monitor your scans and X-rays, as well as your lab results, to ensure safe delivery of chiropractic care. Our chiropractors can also work closely with your hometown doctor to see that your care is safe and appropriate once you return home.

While chiropractic care may be helpful to many patients, it is not for everyone. For example, chiropractic services may not be recommended if a bone metastasis is found or your platelet counts are low.