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List of chiropractic terminology

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Chiropractic terminology

Terms which are synonymous for Doctors of Chiropractic:

Doctor of Chiropractic

The degree issued by all US and many foreign Chiropractic colleges

Chiropractic Physician

A practitioner of Chiropractic. Generally used by those who wish to distance themselves from the practitioner who more closely embraces the antiquated philosophies of "innate intelligence", "subluxation" and Bone out of place.


A practitioner of Chiropractic. NB: all Doctors of Chiropractic are Chiropractors, and one cannot draw inferences regarding the practitioner's philosophy from the use of this generic term.


A practitioner of Chiropractic


The practice of the profession


Arcane, but correct term for the profession. Generally used, only when comparing the profession to the other healing arts, e.g., Allopathy (traditional medicine); Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Naprapathy, etc.


Obscure but correct term for the practice of Chiropractic

Chiropratique (French)

Current (since 1987) French usage for the practice of Chiropractic. Coined for the acceptance of FICS in Canada by Dr. Stephen J. Press in a discussion with Dr. Pierre Bréton, then President of the College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences (Canada).

Chiropraxie (French)

Arcane French usage for the practice of Chiropractic

Other Languages

معالجة يدوية Arabic
Chiropraktik German
Quiropráctica Spanish
Chiropratica Italian
カイロプラクティック Japanese
кайропрактик Ukrainian