Definition of Chiropractic


Chiropractic is a discipline that focuses on the relationship between spinal structure and body function mediated by the nervous system. It originated in 1895 with D.D. Palmer, a popular hands-on healer practicing in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer’s formulation of “chiropractic” combined the Greek cheir (hand) and praxis (practice).

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This section is designed as a jumping-off point. We’ve “spotlighted” just a few medical studies on chiropractic to introduce you to the nature and diversity of the research. Consider it a springboard to the RESEARCH area.


The heart of the portal. Search the Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed databases – and the search engine TRIP – for clinical studies about chiropractic‘s impact on numerous health issues.


Investigate the clinical trials currently underway for chiropractic. Where they’re being conducted around the world – which health conditions are being studied – and how to get involved.