chiropractic


chi·ro·prac·tic

noun \ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik, ˌkī-rə-ˈ\

: a method of treating people who are sick or in pain by pushing and moving bones in the spine and joints

Full Definition of CHIROPRACTIC

:  a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures (as the spinal column) <holds a current license to practice chiropractic in this state>
chiropractic adjective
chi·ro·prac·tor \-tər\ noun

Origin of CHIROPRACTIC

chir- + Greek praktikos practical, operative — more at practical
First Known Use: 1898

chi·ro·prac·tic

noun \ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHIROPRACTIC

: a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures (as the spinal column)
chiropractic adjective
chi·ro·prac·tor \-tər\ noun

chiropractic

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

System of healing based on the theory that disease results from lack of normal nerve function, often caused by displaced vertebrae putting pressure on nerve roots. Treatment involves manipulations of body structures, primarily the spinal column, and use of other techniques when necessary. It concerns the relationship between musculoskeletal structures and functions of the body and the nervous system. The chiropractic method was propounded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer (1845–1913). Practitioners are trained at accredited chiropractic colleges.

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