What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure and function.

Chiropractic embraces the science of life, the knowledge of how organisms act in health and disease, and also the art of adjusting the neuroskeleton.
D.D. Palmer, Founder of Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

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: