What Is Chiropractic?


wic3Just for fun, I recently asked several of my friends, patients and family members the following question:

“What Is Chiropractic?”.

The overwhelming answer I received was:

“It’s a treatment for neck pain and lower back pain.”

Needless to say, that is a correct answer.

Notice, however, I didn’t say that it was “THE” correct answer… just that it was “a” correct answer.

In fact, if the truth be told, I really don’t like that answer.

Here’s why:

Defining Chiropractic as an effective treatment for neck pain and lower back pain is accurate… but far too limiting!

That is, Chiropractic can be effective in caring for MORE than just neck pain and back pain.

Research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Chiropractic care for people suffering with headaches (including migraines), fibromyalgia, PMS, digestive disorders and high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, because these studies aren’t funded by pharmaceutical companies, very few people have ever heard of them.

Here’s another reason why I don’t like defining Chiropractic as “a treatment for neck pain and low back pain”:

Chiropractic actually isn’t a treatment for any “THING”!

Yes, you read that correctly: Chiropractic isn’t a treatment for any “THING”…

…It’s a treatment for PEOPLE.

Let me state it another way:

As a Chiropractor I DON’T treat “things” or “conditions”…

…I treat PEOPLE!!!

Treating “conditions” is what the medical profession does… and, needless to say, it is, at times, important.

It is NOT, however, the fundamental principle behind Chiropractic.

That is, Chiropractic doesn’t follow a “Treat the Condition” mindset.

Instead, Chiropractic follows a “Treat the PERSON with the Condition” mindset.

Here’s an example:

Suppose two people, a man and a woman, are each suffering with headaches.

In the typical medical doctor’s office, it is highly probable that they both would receive that exact same treatment:

A prescription for a drug that “treats the headache”.

Giving two people the same prescription for their headaches is a perfect example of “Treating the Condition”.

As I stated earlier, “Treating the Condition” is the mindset of the medical profession.

It is NOT the Chiropractic mindset.

You see, in a Chiropractic office, a man and a woman complaining of headaches would NOT receive treatment for their headaches.

That is, in my office, I would NOT treat their headaches… I would treat THEM!

Specifically, both the man and the woman would be evaluated by me in an effort to find the CAUSE of his/her headache.

Again, I wouldn’t treat the headaches… I would treat the PERSON with the headache.

This leads to an obvious question:

How do you “Treat the Person”!

“Treating the Person” begins with an assessment of the alignment of the bones of their spine.

I do this because I know, from my education and 26 years of experience, that a misaligned vertebrae bone – especially in the neck – could be the cause of their headaches.

My job, therefore, is to find – and correct – any such misaligned vertebrae.



Now, before moving on, it’s important to let you know that, in the Chiropractic profession, we have a name for a vertebrae that is misaligned and causing some kind of interference/pinching to a nerve:


That is, a “Subluxation” is a vertebrae that is misaligned, resulting in nerve interference/pinching.

A Subluxation is what we, in the Chiropractic profession, believe to be the CAUSE of many health problems.

The GOAL, therefore, of Chiropractic care is to identify and correct subluxations!

That’s it!

We are NOT trying to treat headaches… or neck pain… or lower back pain.

Instead, we are trying to treat PEOPLE with headaches, neck pain, and/or lower back pain by…

…Identifying and Correcting SUBLUXATIONS!

As you look around this website, you will find other pages where I talk more about subluxations and how they can contribute to a variety of health problems beyond neck pain and back pain.

However, for now I want to share one more thing:

CORRECTING a subluxation involves a highly specific form of “spinal manipulation” known as an ADJUSTMENT.