What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic involves the study of science, art and philosophy:

  • The science of locating vertebral subluxations, misalignments in the spine that interfere with the nervous system, so that the body can heal itself
    The sciences that deal with human biology – especially the intricate relationship between the spinal segments and the nerve system.
  • The art of locating and correcting the vertebral subluxations
    Chiropractic art is the physical expression of its philosophy and involves the means by which doctors of chiropractic locate and correct (adjust) vertebral subluxations.
  • The philosophy of health promoting a subluxation-free life
    Philosophy considers the fundamental nature of existence, of human beings and their interaction with the environment. The philosophy of chiropractic is most interested in the effect of vertebral subluxation on the body’s innate striving to express and maintain its own health.

Ultimately, the goal of chiropractic is to improve the life and health of patients. Misalignments in the vertebrae of the spinal column (your back) can disrupt proper nerve function and lead to decreased performance and health.

Doctors of chiropractic correct vertebral subluxations that interfere with the transmission of information from the brain to all systems of the body, thus having a positive effect on the body's organs and systems, even down to the cellular level.

Chiropractors gently correct the problem by using a broad range of adjusting methods. By restoring proper nerve flow, the chiropractor helps people enjoy more of their full potential for health and optimal performance.


Tapiwa ChiwawaWhy Be A Doctor of Chiropractic?

What I understood chiropractic to be was to adjust by hand. And I always pictured myself in a setting where if the only tools I would have at hand would be my hands, I would still be able to help people. Read more...

--Tapiwa Chiwawa, student
Harare, Zimbabwe