Traditional chiropractic is an ancient form of medicine which focuses on the central nervous system as the cause of all organic disease and musculoskeletal dysfunction. The fundamental basis focuses on restrictions in the spine/subluxations creating nerve impingement. It is these nerve impingements that creates dysfunction and disorder in the human body. Think of it like your nerves getting choked. It is this disorder that creates pain and discomfort. They apply adjustments to the spine to get rid of these subluxations and rid the body of joint dysfunction.
Modern chiropractic the concept has changed to include not just adjustments. Many chiropractors now incorporate a lot of soft tissue treatment to get rid of muscle tightness that can contribute to underlying joint dysfunction. Soft tissue treatments can include acupuncture, active release, graston, ultrasound as well as other modalities.
Some common injuries that can be treated are back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, leg pain just to name a few. It is important to maintain normal nervous system functioning in order to maintain the bodies homeostasis and normal biomechanics to prevent pain.
Both types of chiropractic can be effective for treating musculoskeletal pain and conditions. If you suffer from muscle or joint pain you are a good candidate for chiropractic treatment,