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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 For example, the family bundle includes access to a preventative lab screening that measures health indicators like diabetes, up to a 30% discount on chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture services, and a 10% discount on hearing aids. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Walmart’s Sam’s Club launches health care pilot to members," 26 Sep. 2019 An athletic performance and recovery area will have metabolic assessments, nutrition coaching, sports and athletic recovery treatments, and chiropractic and physical therapy care. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Life Time, a family recreation, spa and athletic resort, plans to open in Brookfield in November," 29 Oct. 2019 However, the study didn’t actually measure cell phone usage at all and used a population of chiropractic patients already experiencing neck pain, with no healthy individuals as a control method. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Cell Phones Are Probably Not Making Us Grow Horns," 20 June 2019 The club offers more than 180 fitness classes for adults and children, as well as personal training, nutrition and chiropractic sessions. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Life Time opens $42 million fitness complex in Cypress," 14 June 2018 The state Fire Marshal’s Office says the Aug. 24 blast killed chiropractor Anthony Ferrara of Cache, who operated a chiropractic clinic in Lawton and owned the vacant home about 78 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 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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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chiropractic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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