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

Chiropractic (from two Greek words, cheir meaning hand, and praxis meaning practice) is a health profession concerned with detecting, correcting, and preventing malfunctions of muscles and joints (“subluxations”) as well as the effects that these disorders have on the nervous system and general health.

Subluxation literally means “less than a dislocation.” Like a blocked gear in a motor, a subluxation is simply a joint that is stuck in an abnormal position. Subluxations typically arise from acute trauma (car accidents, work injuries, falls, etc.) or from more chronic stresses (bad postural habits — sitting/standing/sleeping/lifting, poor workstation design, repetitive/overuse motions, etc.). They may be relatively minor, producing no apparent symptoms, or may be more advanced, resulting in pain, inflammation, stiffness, and possibly even organ disturbance.

Although it has become renowned as an effective treatment for neck and back pain, chiropractic’s primary goal is really to optimize health.