chi·​ro·​prac·​tic | \ ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik How to pronounce chiropractic (audio) , ˌkī-rə-ˈprak- \

Definition of chiropractic

: a system of noninvasive therapy which holds that certain musculoskeletal disorders result from nervous system dysfunction arising from misalignment of the spine and joints and that focuses treatment especially on the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae Some mainstream doctors may view it as a fringe treatment, but chiropractic is more commonly covered by insurance than any other type of alternative care.— Elizabeth R. Agnvall

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Other Words from chiropractic

chiropractic adjective
Chiropractic treatment involves manual spinal adjustments to unblock the flow of energy and blood to the nervous system; it can also include nutritional counseling and stress management. — Corynne Corbett

Examples of chiropractic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many practitioners dismissed the role of contagious pathogens and adhered to the founding principle of chiropractic that all disease originated in the spine. Sean B. Carroll, Scientific American, "The Denialist Playbook," 8 Nov. 2020 Regular checkups, chiropractic procedures and physical therapy will be among the procedures allowed. Faith Karimi And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Decision to ease coronavirus shutdowns will come down to one key thing, state officials say," 16 Apr. 2020 But like many complementary and alternative therapies, chiropractic care has its share of controversy, with people some people calling it bunk at best, and dangerous at worst. Mirel Zaman,, "These Addictive Back Crack TikToks Are The New Dr. Pimple Popper Videos," 6 Apr. 2020 The therapy is used for a wide range of patient conditions, including physical therapy, orthopedics, outpatient clinics and chiropractic offices, as well as athletes at hundreds of high schools, colleges and professional sports teams worldwide. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "Multi Radiance Medical lasers treat burned koalas in Australia, and other injured animals and humans around the world," 11 Mar. 2020 Few others offer such a full range of medical services — from primary care to behavioral health, dentistry, optometry and chiropractic services — and no others focus on the corridor north of Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Open Cities Health Center, serving 10,000 low-income patients, says it will run out of money Jan. 1," 10 Dec. 2019 Bello pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in 2006 and had his license suspended for six months by the New Jersey chiropractic board. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "What Happens When a Health Plan Has No Limits? An Acupuncturist Earns $677 a Session.," 19 Dec. 2019 With her background in chiropractic medicine and Jamison’s experience as an educator, the two siblings merged their talents with a third sister to launch the brand and create a family legacy. Tanisha A. Sykes, Essence, "Meet The Women Founders Behind Some Of The Most Successful Black Hair Care Companies," 8 Oct. 2019 The Texas Wellness Clinic has a team of highly experienced and passionate staff with specialties in chiropractic care, health and wellness, and beauty services. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Wellness Clinic welcomed by Central Fort Bend Chamber," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chiropractic

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chiropractic

chir- + Greek praktikos practical, operative — more at practical

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The first known use of chiropractic was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Chiropractic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chiropractic

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


chi·​ro·​prac·​tic | \ ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik How to pronounce chiropractic (audio) \

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)

Other Words from chiropractic

chiropractic adjective
chiropractor \ -​tər How to pronounce chiropractic (audio) \ noun

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