Definition of chiropractic in English:

chiropractic

noun

mass noun
  • A system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are believed to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.

    • ‘It was the beginning of a new phase in chiropractic and complementary healthcare!’
    • ‘We prefer the view taken by Dr. Brown to that of Dr. Stick - that the assertion that chiropractic strengthens the immune system is not a fact, but a contention.’
    • ‘I've been careful to take care of my body with massages and chiropractic sessions and treatment and all types of things.’
    • ‘The fact is that the vast majority of those who use alternative medicine are having fairly mainstream therapies like massage and chiropractic.’
    • ‘The holistic approach includes procedures such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, and herbalogy.’
    • ‘Finding appropriate placebos or shams for treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, or complex herbal mixtures is challenging.’
    • ‘Holistic healing modalities include acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, and if indicated, conventional medications and surgery.’
    • ‘Other health care-related professions incorporate massage, including nursing, physical therapy, chiropractic, and osteopathy.’
    • ‘The most serious potential risks of chiropractic and osteopathy are spinal cord injury or stroke after manipulation of the neck.’
    • ‘It was the legislative frameworks for the complementary therapists in osteopathy and chiropractic which initiated the new approach.’
    • ‘The options include physiotherapy, massage, yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture and work on improving posture.’
    • ‘Not happy to take anything lying down, I began extensive therapy, going alternatively for acupuncture and chiropractic treatments.’
    • ‘Other forms of complementary therapy include acupuncture and chiropractic care.’
    • ‘The first ones he wrote were for massage therapy and chiropractic.’
    • ‘Marma therapy predates similar practices like acupuncture, acupressure, reiki and chiropractic.’
    • ‘Other useful complementary treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga and hypnosis.’
    • ‘Physical modalities, including yoga, massage, biofeedback, acupuncture, and chiropractic can also be of help.’
    • ‘Many of their clients, like Ewald himself, had tried other traditional avenues of medical and chiropractic treatment - without success.’
    • ‘These include physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage and Pilates.’
    • ‘Acupuncture or chiropractic treatments may help your headaches.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from chiro- ‘hand’ + Greek praktikos ‘practical’, from prattein ‘do’.

Pronunciation

chiropractic

/ˌkʌɪrə(ʊ)ˈpraktɪk/