chiropractic

noun chi·ro·prac·tic \ ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tik , ˌkī-rə-ˈprak- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

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

play \-tər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of chiropractic

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


CHIROPRACTIC Defined for English Language Learners

chiropractic

noun

Definition of chiropractic for English Language Learners

  • : a method of treating people who are sick or in pain by pushing and moving bones in the spine and joints


Medical Dictionary

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)

chiropractic

adjective

chiropractor

play \-tər\ noun


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