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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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

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John’s son, also named Tommy, pitched two seasons in independent leagues and earned a doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "How the Mariners Found Their Way After Losing Robinson Cano," 9 June 2018 In addition to non-opioid medications, there are complementary interventions, such as acupuncture and chiropractic. Sandy Bauers,, "Can we relieve suffering, avoid drug misuse - and not become 'opioid phobic'?," 15 June 2018 It was founded in 1897 by D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic. Shirley Macfarland,, "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

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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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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 chiropractor (audio) \ noun

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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