Definition of Chiropractic

A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations.

The WHO definition
World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005


An alternative health care service that does not involve acts constituting the practice of medicine, as defined in Republic Act No. 2382, with emphasis on the structure and function of the body’s musculoskeletal framework and the relationship this has to health, in general. The practice of chiropractic is closely associated with spinal manipulation, a key intervention, but the range of services provided can include physiotherapy, lifestyle and dietary counseling, and a variety of myofacial and rehabilitation approaches.

Department of Health

Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, 2011