To answer this question first it will be helpful to have a basic definition. If you do a quick search online you will find several definitions such as this one from google:
1. a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.
However, chiropractic entails more than simply focusing on the spine. As a chiropractor, I see the human body holistically and the spinal adjustments I perform are meant to have wider healing effects than simply correcting a spinal misalignment. Because everything in the body is connected via the spine, I expect overall health to improve with spinal realignment. It may not happen overnight, but there should be a progressive, positive effect on the whole person. These wider effects may include more energy, improved sleep, fewer headaches/migraines, less PMS, better memory, better hearing, clearer sight and better digestion to name a few.
In our clinic, I practice Chiropractic Biophysics (www.IdealSpine.com) and Corrective Chiropractic Care. What makes me stand out from other practitioners is my focus on correcting posture as well as spinal misalignment. I have a very clear and proven treatment plan I take all my patients through in their first year of care. I have several high tech methods I use to track improvement over time, both visually and objectively. I also recommend clean eating and proper exercises meant to speed up healing and reinforce the adjustment schedule. A lot of the improvement we see in our patients stems from their own participation in the program and adopting healthful habits. And that fulfills my vision of chiropractic: a holistic healing journey on which the practitioner and patient embark together with spinal alignment being only the beginning and not the end of this fruitful partnership on the path to optimum well-being.