chi·​ro·​prac·​tor | \ ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tər , 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

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Karen Erickson, a chiropractor and member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Women’s Health, tells Teen Vogue that bras and back pain are not a black-and-white subject. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Why You Don't Have to Wear a Bra," 30 Nov. 2018 Håkan Spännar, a 54 year old chiropractor, voted for the Sweden Democrats Sunday and highlighted crime, safety, and social welfare as his biggest areas of concern. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Swedes Vote as Establishment Faces Down Far-Right Challenge," 9 Sep. 2018 In addition to selling to individual customers, Sunshine Organic Herbals sells to birth centers, chiropractors, spas, tea shops, coffee houses and specialty shops. Austen Erblat,, "Sunshine Organic Herbals now open in Delray Beach," 6 July 2018 Pierce Sweeney, a 32-year-old chiropractor in San Antonio, Texas, said calls for bans or restrictions at one time prompted gun owners to buy more. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "The ‘Trump Slump’: With a Friend in the White House, Gun Sales Sag," 30 Aug. 2018 People in these fields work as chiropractors, pharmacists, doctors, respiratory therapists and nurses. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 The bride’s father is a chiropractor specializing in neurology who practices in Los Angeles. New York Times, "Devora Kaye, Aidan Thomas," 8 July 2018 The massage robots, which are warmed to 100 degrees Fahrenheit to mimic human hands, are being tested at the offices of chiropractors and therapists. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Your Next Robot Encounter: Dinner, Drinks and a Massage," 9 June 2018 Check your health insurer’s website for licensed chiropractors and doctors of osteopathic medicine. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That aching back is hard to fix, but here are a few things to try," 9 July 2018

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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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