chiropractic

noun
chi·ro·prac·tic | \ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik, 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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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
chiropractor \-tər \ noun

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It was founded in 1897 by D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Bestselling author, Karen White, to speak at North Royalton library: Talk of the Towns," 30 Mar. 2018 Remember when alternative health care for your pet meant acupuncture or chiropractic? Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Adams was also facing a lawsuit brought by a massage therapist who said she’d been fired from Nicolai’s chiropractic office because Adams was jealous. Washington Post, "Former Playboy centerfold apparently jumps to death with son," 18 May 2018 Authorities say Conley, a receptionist in a Whitesboro chiropractic office, obtained an anti-inflammatory drug and used it to poison Dr. Mary Yoder. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Ex-chiropractic clinic receptionist gets prison in doctor's poisoning death," 11 Jan. 2018 As a thank you to these volunteers, the Morrison Chiropractic practice offered free mini chiropractic sessions to any folks who had volunteered with the restoration effort. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Artist captures local landmarks in paintings [West Friendship]," 28 June 2018 Chinese medical massage: Referred to as tui na, Chinese medical massage is the basis for modern chiropractic practice. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, "Traditional Chinese Medicine Holds the Secret to Heath," 1 June 2018 The office will have an open house on June 7 so residents can visit, ask questions about chiropractic care and enjoy refreshments. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Barton Senior Center benefit is a Caribbean cocktail party: A Place in the Sun," 15 May 2018 Free vision, chiropractic and dental screening, eyeglasses, blood pressure and flu shots, healthy lifestyles education, women’s health screening, haircuts and HIV testing. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Kids Fair, Film Festival and a gravy competition," 21 Feb. 2018

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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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chiropractic

noun

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

chiropractic

noun
chi·ro·prac·tic | \ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik \

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 \ noun

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