chiropractic

noun

chi·​ro·​prac·​tic ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik How to pronounce chiropractic (audio)
ˌkī-rə-ˈprak-
: 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 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 Best of all, its suspension system is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), which means it was thoroughly reviewed, tested, and evaluated by a board of doctors of chiropractic and approved by the ACA Board of Governors. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 9 June 2024 Two of his main goals include educating people and normalizing animal chiropractic care. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 Having found a passion for helping others through chiropractic and acupuncture care, Hanley will graduate with a doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in April. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 However, chiropractic can mitigate chronic pain in patients’ backs, necks, and shoulders, Hightower says. Lauren Larson, Men's Health, 25 July 2023 See all Example Sentences for chiropractic 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiropractic was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Chiropractic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chiropractic. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

chiropractic

noun
chi·​ro·​prac·​tic ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik How to pronounce chiropractic (audio)
: a system of therapy that mostly involves realignment of the spinal column especially by touching or pressing the hands on the back near the spinal column
chiropractic adjective
chiropractor noun

Medical Definition

chiropractic

noun
chi·​ro·​prac·​tic ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik How to pronounce chiropractic (audio)
: 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
chiropractor noun

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