Definition of chiropractic in US English:

chiropractic

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

chiropractic

/ˈkaɪrəˌpræktɪk//ˈkīrəˌpraktik/