: 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
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 WebHowever, chiropractic can mitigate chronic pain in patients’ backs, necks, and shoulders, Hightower says.—Lauren Larson, Men's Health, 25 July 2023 Because of this, these mattresses provide even support all along your spine, says Steve Knauf, DC, executive director of chiropractic and compliance for The Joint Chiropractic.—Isabella Ubaldi, Verywell Health, 27 Feb. 2023 On her website, Miranda describes herself as having over 20 years experience in the ﬁeld of chiropractic and rehabilitation.—Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 23 Feb. 2023 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, 8 Nov. 2020 Regular checkups, chiropractic procedures and physical therapy will be among the procedures allowed.—Faith Karimi and Steve Almasy, CNN, 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, refinery29.com, 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, 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, 10 Dec. 2019 See More
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