The oneness of mind and body holds the secret of illness and health.
-Arnold Hutschnecker

From "Wellness," by Dr. Trina Marx, p. 37 in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Discipline, Edited by Nancy Allison, CMA:

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a mode of bodywork that promotes self-healing by manipulating the spine so as to remove blocks in the transmission of nerve impulses from the brain through the spinal nerves and out to all parts of the body. It postulates that malfunction in any aspect of the individual can be attributed to subluxations, misalignment of the vertebrae that disturb the spinal nerves in the mediation of the mind and body. Further, chiropractic subscribes to the basic principle that the immune system will function perfectly and maintain the person in robust, good health as long as misalignment of the spine do not constrict the nervous system. Other therapuutic methods such as nutritional counseling may be included in chiropractic, but treatment always focuses upon detection and adjustment of vertebral misalignments. Chiropractic is the second-largest primary health care field in the world. Proponents credit it with a wide range of benefits, from relief of chronic back pain to successful treatment of asthma and depression.

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