What is Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. (World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005)

The underlying principle of all chiropractic professions is to emphasize the body's natural innate ability to heal itself without drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and how that relationship is well maintained to restore and sustain good health.

A course of chiropractic treatments consists of the following:

  • Chiropractic adjustment and joint manipulation
  • Adjunctive therapies, which include use of physical modalities such as dry needling, electrotherapy, spinal and extremities orthoses
  • Rehabilitative strategies which include corrective postural education, ergonomics and advice on exercises
  • Proper nutrition and dietary recommendations that help patients improve their eating habits, which enhance the natural functioning of their bodies and help speed up recovery.

Chiropractic treatments are highly personalized. Chiropractors evaluate the lifestyle and diets of patients to identify initiating and trigger factors of the patients' conditions. Chiropractors take an integrated, holistic and scientific approach to determine the health needs of their patients based on physical, psychological and social factors. By improving nutrition and avoiding aggravating factors, health of patients can generally be significantly improved and maintained.