What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure and function.
Chiropractic (pronounced ˈkīrəˌpraktik) is defined by the World Health Organization as a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
These mechanical disorders typically arise from:
- acute trauma (car accidents, work injuries, falls, etc.)
- chronic stresses (bad posture, repetitive motions, emotional stress, etc.)
The word “chiropractic” comes from two Greek words, cheir meaning hand, and praxis meaning practice. Indeed, a chiropractor’s hands play a central role in specifically feeling problematic areas and correcting them through manual techniques. Although it has become renowned as an effective treatment for neck pain and back pain, chiropractic’s primary goal is to optimize the structure and function of muscles, joints and nerves.
For a deeper understanding of chiropractic, consider watching Dr. Freud’s lecture on chiropractic to Montreal physicians (30 minutes). You may also jump directly to short clips from the lecture:
- Dr. Freud introduction, lecture outline and Chiropractic definition
- Chiropractic history, status and statistics
- Chiropractic education and licensing
- Chiropractic philosophy: What do chiropractors believe?
- Chiropractic art: What do chiropractors do?
- Chiropractic science: How does chiropractic work?
- Chiropractic research
- Medical and Chiropractic cooperation for patients