The term chiropractic is defined as a system of integrative medicine that is primarily concerned with the diagnosis and direct, manipulative treatment of the joints, particularly those related to the spinal column. Because the spine is such a nexus involving various muscles, nerves, and organs in the body, effective chiropractic treatment has the potential to relieve maladies and disorders throughout the body. Once it is determined that chiropractic treatment is the appropriate course of action, practitioners will typically treat a problem through applying controlled force in an attempt to adjust the spine. This adjustment is often performed with the hands, though specialized equipment may also be used. Additionally, a chiropractor may combine conventional spinal manipulation with electrical stimulation, heat/ice variance, prescribed exercise and rehabilitative practices, and counsel on diet and weight.