Chiropractic is an option of alternative medicine that is defined in different ways in different scientific resources. This fluid definition has some health practioners to praise some practices, while other health practioners discourage other practices. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chiropractic is “a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on general health”. Chiropractic treatment procedures focus on manual techniques, including joint manipulation and adjustment.

Chiropractic takes a close look at the spine and musculoskeletal system, particularly as coordinated by the nervous system. A disorder in one part of the body could impact the performance of other parts. Therefore, a chiropractor looks ensures disorders in the body structure are resolved in order to relieve the issues and allow the body to recover on its own. Through this approach of addressing disturbances in other parts of the body, chiropractors focus on physical deficiencies, and how to fix them, instead of using prescription drugs to treat symptoms.

Chiropractic was created by Daniel David Palmer in 1895 in the U.S. It has gained the support among medical doctors. Today, chiropractic is a well taught practice, with more than 40 colleges in 16 countries offering degrees.