What is Chiropractic
The development of Chiropractic as a specific healing art and science
dates back to 1895. Chiropractic is one of the three major schools of
healing. These are medicine (allopathy), osteopathy, and Chiropractic.
As a school of healing, Chiropractic may be defined in general terms
as the diagnosis and treatment of human ailments without the use of
drugs, medicine or incisive surgery. It is a drugless, non-surgical
form of treatment — a natural approach to health and wellness.
A Doctor of Chiropractic is concerned with the relationship between
structure, primarily the spine, and function, primarily the nervous
system of the human body. This relationship may affect the restoration
and preservation of health. These key building blocks of health are
the foundation of Chiropractic.
In just over 100 years, Chiropractic has developed into a recognized
health care profession. There are over 50,000 licensed doctors of Chiropractic
in the U.S. and thousands more around the world. The practice of Chiropractic
is defined and regulated by statutes in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, and many countries around the world.
For more information see The 33 Principles of Chiropractic.