Like "Chiropractors are doctors who use a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as spinal manipulation and mobilization, to treat patients with things like lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports or car accident injuries, and even arthritic pain. Basically they use a form of massage or adjustments to your spine to relieve pressure between your vertebrae (the discs) in your spine. Since all the nerves in your body travel through your spine to your brain, if any one of those gets pinched, that part of your body will always have pain because those muscles are constantly spasming. Sometimes these pinches can occur over long periods from simple things like sitting on a fat wallet every day, and sometimes it can be from a simple accident or fall. Usually, if not treated it gets worse and will affect other areas as well. Very few medical doctors will refer you to a chiropractor (because it often means they don’t get your business), so if you’ve never heard of one before, I’m not surprised. There may be things they can’t help with because there may be something physically wrong like a degenerated, slipped, or bulging disc, but they will tell you that when you go in for your first visit evaluation. The procedures/adjustments are painless (it sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles in your back), and if it is something they can fix (and they can fix a lot of things), relief is usually within just a few visits. You may be able to have everything done in a few visits, or like me, go in once a month for a small adjustment (but I have a lovely and talented female chiropractor, so I look forward to it). It is mostly covered by insurance, and if you don’t have insurance, they usually have some form of easy payment plan. It is far cheaper than most medications (which you won’t have to take if they can help) or trips to a medical doctor. I spend more on test strips per month than I do on my chiropractor. If nothing else, go for an initial consultation and exam and see if they can do anything. You aren’t obligated to take any treatment they recommend. Some swear by chiropractors, others don’t, but I’d be a wreck without mine. I can probably help find one near you through mine if you want. Here’s a few links http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/chiropractic-pain-relief http://backchat.hubpages.com/hub/What-does-a-chiropractor-do "