chi·​ro·​prac·​tor | \ ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tər How to pronounce chiropractor (audio) , ˌkī-rə-ˈprak- \
plural chiropractors

Definition of chiropractor

: a licensed health-care professional who treats disorders (such as back and neck pain) chiefly of the musculoskeletal system especially through the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae to correct nervous system dysfunction : a specialist in chiropractic The broad field of sports medicine includes many different practitioners, from massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors to osteopaths, physicians, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists and psychiatrists.— Carol L. Otis

Examples of chiropractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An American chiropractor named John Bergman got more than a million views for videos suggesting that hand sanitizer didn't work and urging people to use essential oils and vitamin C to treat the contagion. Clive Thompson, Wired, "YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories," 18 Sep. 2020 For further pain relief, consider getting regular active release technique soft tissue massage treatments, which break down adhesions, reduce inflammation, and help restore functional motion, from a chiropractor. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Avoid Tech Neck in the Age of Zoom," 4 Sep. 2020 One early example appears on the Facebook page of a chiropractor based in Pennsylvania. Vincent Gabrielle, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Disease outbreaks don't occur just in U.S. major election years," 20 Dec. 2019 Orlando police arrested an armed man who threatened to shoot employees at a chiropractor’s office near downtown Thursday afternoon, which caused nearby Lake Highland Preparatory School to be locked down. Katie Rice,, "Police investigating attempted shooting downtown that placed business, school on lockdown," 13 Aug. 2020 That health care professional could be a physician or a podiatrist, pharmacist, dentist, chiropractor or optometrist. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Should local health officials have the option to reject Ohio's mask mandate, other state orders?," 6 Aug. 2020 One speaker, chiropractor and nutrition consultant Matt Cucolo, asked the crowd to think about mask-wearing scientifically, arguing that masks cannot stop or slow the spread of coronavirus, a stance that is contrary to scientific literature. Emily Brindley,, "150 gather at Connecticut Capitol to protest mask and social distancing mandates," 2 Aug. 2020 Kompothecras was one of the main stars of the cast and his father, chiropractor Gary Kompothecras, serves as one of the show's producers. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Alex Kompothecras fired from MTV's 'Siesta Key' following alleged racist posts," 17 June 2020 The idea appeared to gain traction after a St. Louis chiropractor posted a video recommending the combination of zinc and tonic water, according to the Associated Press. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "From malaria drugs to disinfectant: Here are some of Trump's claims about the coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of chiropractor

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chiropractor

chiropract(ic) + -or entry 1

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“Chiropractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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