The word chiropractice comes from the Greek kheir, which means hands, and praktikos, which means doing or practice.

The science behind the approach of chiropractice is based on maintaining the human body’s balance and its natural recovery power. In other words, it relies on the inherent ability of the body to maintain good health without resorting to medications or surgery.

Chiropractors look at biomechanics and proper functioning of the spine and all joints in order to eliminate irritations in the nervous system. To this end, they mainly use chiropractic adjustments, a specialized form of joint manipulation.

The chiropractors’ field of competency includes the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Through college education, they are able to create a healthcare program according to the clients’ physical condition, age, and health goals. They can also provide advice and suggest lifestyle modifications. This approach is both preven- tative and curative.


Chiropractic care seems to be well documented on a scientific level, especially for lumbar and neck pain, sciatica, and some types of headaches. Here is one study:

Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis, 2004. This study recommends the use of manual mobilization for treating lumbar and neck pain.

Martin Moisan, M.D.
Kanesatake Health Center
12, Joseph Swan
Kanesatake (Québec)

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