Definition of Chiropractic

According to the American Chiropractic Association, the chiropractic profession is defined as:

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.”

While this definition is somewhat accurate, it leaves out some extremely important and fundamental concepts that are irreplaceable to chiropractors and chiropractic alike. This is extremely important when you need find a chiropractor, but understanding their definition of chiropractic can be the most important factor.

Each chiropractor in the Gibson family embraces the health concept where optimum nervous system function is one of the most important thing a body relies on in times of physical, chemical, or emotional stress. With as many family members, friends, and relatives involved in the chiropractic, the philosophy of the body being a self healing organism still holds true.

While the ACA’s definition of chiropractic is true, a much stronger and vitalistic explanation of chiropractic was done by Mr. Bill Esteb, a chiropractic patient and advocate. The doctors and staff at Queen Anne Chiropractic Center truly hope that every person that seeks care from a chiropractor could understand it’s purpose on the level of Mr. Esteb.

“Aches and pains are signs that your body isn’t working right. Your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves control how your body works.

Physical, chemical or emotional stresses produce a defensive posture. Muscles contract, locking spinal joints that pinch or irritate nearby nerves.

Lack of nervous system integrity sets the stage for disease and ill health. A thorough examination helps chiropractors find these subluxations.

Applying a precise force to stuck spinal joints helps the body right itself. Health usually returns as repeated visits restore nervous system integrity. That’s why the profession and D.C.’s have helped millions get well and stay well.”

If you would like to read more about the chiropractic and it’s history, please visit our Guide to Chiropractic History page.

Chiropractic Care

The term chiropractic literally means, “done by hand”, so as you can imagine that most spinal adjustments are done by the hands of a chiropractor.

While the focus of the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, and his son B.J. Palmer, were on the development of corrective spinal adjustments done with their own hands, other techniques have been developed to compliment those original chiropractic techniques.

To understand more about what we do, please visit our Guide to Chiropractic Care. We have done our best to explain the different chiropractic treatments for spine conditions, and how this can benefit a persons health.


Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic is no easy task as the college and university requirements and credit hours are the same or similar to that of a medical degree. There are a number of choices of chiropractic colleges and universities.

Chiropractic Directory

Please visit our Guide to Chiropractic Colleges and Universities, which will help you understand more about the profession and career as a chiropractor. Includes a chiropractic directory of all colleges to help determine the best place to study to become a D.C.