-derived from Greek and means 'to perform with the hands'
Chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy. The science of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body's main structures – the skeleton, the muscles and the nerves – and the patient's overall health. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, or the art of Chiropractic, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of removing vertebral subluxations, along with correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself.
The philosophy of chiropractic is built upon the constructs of vitalism, holism, conservatism, naturalism and rationalism. Central to the philosophy of chiropractic is the principle that life is intelligent. This innate intelligence strives to maintain a state of health through adaptation mechanisms. The nervous system is recognized as an avenue for these self-regulating processes. Interference with neurological function can impede these mechanisms, disrupt homeostatic balance and adversely impact health.
Health is a state of optimal physical, emotional and social well-being. Chiropractic posits that subluxation of the spinal column and other articulations can affect nervous system function and the expression of health, which may result in symptoms, infirmity and disease.
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