What is Chiropractic?
The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences will result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. Chiropractors use the term “subluxation” to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.


  • Chiropractic is safe.
  • Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession.
  • Chiropractic services are in high demand.
  • Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) receive extensive, demanding, professional education on par with medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs).
  • Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers.
  • Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed in all 50 states.
  • Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs.
  • The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles.
  • Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.
  • The doctor of chiropractic is an effective source of preventative and wellness care.
  • The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure, which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States.

This information was reproduced with permission from the ICA website.

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