Chirotherapy, i. e. manual treatment (in Ancient Greek: cheiros), is attributed to manual medicine. It is perfectly suited for diagnosing and removing spinal and extremity joints blocks. Chirotherapy is preceded by chirodiagnostics, a palpatory examination. Therefore, chirotherapy should actually be called ‘chiromedicine’. It helps in painful dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system and may be practiced only by extensively qualified doctors.
Also in case of structural illnesses of the spine (e. g., disc herniation), chirotherapy can be a useful secondary therapy in a comprehensive therapy plan, e. g., for treating illnesses of the musculoskeletal system that result from relieving postures.