Table 2.   Definitions (Identities) From Selected Chiropractic College Internet Sites

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College  

No definition seen. [26]

Cleveland College of Chiropractic  

“Importance [is placed] on the science of the structure and function of the human body, blended with a philosophy for a hands-on approach to health and natural healing. It is a holistic approach. To that – our teachings focus on the importance of spinal function and its relationship to the nervous system and good health. We emphasize that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism. Our goal is to use spinal and extremity adjusting techniques, along with advice regarding diet, exercise and positive lifestyle choices, to help the body help itself.” [27]

Life Chiropractic College West  

“Chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive form of health care that is based on the principle that the body has the inherent ability to heal without the use of drugs or surgery. This fundamental approach to wellness mirrors a new and changing attitude toward health care in the United States and around the world. Through chiropractic adjustments, nervous system interference due to abnormalities in the musculoskeletal relationships of the vertebrae (called subluxations) can be corrected. This allows the nervous system to function properly, enabling the body to heal through its own natural recuperative powers.” [28]

D’Youville Chiropractic College  

“Chiropractic is a healthcare profession focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.” [29]

Life University  

“Chiropractic is a philosophy of health, a science of the nervous system and spine, and an art of helping people regain their health naturally. It recognizes that all organic systems in the universe are conscious, self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing. Chiropractic believes that the body works best when the nervous system is free of damaging interferences, which cause malfunction, symptoms and diseases, and a reduced quality of life. It observes that there are three interferences: physical trauma, emotional stresses and environmental toxins. One of these interferences is called subluxation. Chiropractors correct subluxation, allowing your nervous system to function more normally, releasing your body’s innate potential to regain health naturally and paving the way for you to experience wellness throughout life.” [30]

Logan University  

“Doctors of Chiropractic treat the whole person and are poised to provide a positive impact on their patient’s health, performance and quality of life. Chiropractors offer less invasive, non-surgical treatments that do not rely on prescription drugs. While many chiropractors focus on care for the entire family, Doctors of Chiropractic can also focus their practice on specialty care. Areas of focus include sports, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, nutrition or radiology.” [31]

National University of Health Sciences (Florida and Illinois campuses)  

“Chiropractic medicine is a comprehensive health care profession that addresses the wide variety of factors that impact upon human physiology. Chiropractic physicians specialize in natural, non-invasive health care and are trained to use a full range of medical diagnostic tools and a wide array of effective treatment options in patient care.” [32]

New York Chiropractic College  

Chiropractic “place[s] special emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal conditions and overall patient wellness.” [33]

New Zealand College of Chiropractic  

“Chiropractic is about helping the body to work at its best. Your nerve system, which controls all the functions of your body, is protected by your spine. Sometimes the stresses and strains of daily life can cause an imbalance between the vertebra and the nerve system, which may cause interference to the messages being carried by the nerves from the brain to the rest of the body. By making small adjustments to the spine, chiropractors can help the body to remove these interferences so that the messages to all the body parts are more accurate. The philosophy is simple: if your nerve system is working properly the body is better able to heal itself and perform at its full potential. A healthy relationship between the spine and nerve system can help anyone at any time in their life, regardless of age, condition or symptoms.” [34]

Northwestern Health Sciences University  

“Chiropractic focuses on neuromusculoskeletal disorders while promoting health and wellness. Doctors of chiropractic are healthcare professionals who view health and illness from a holistic perspective. Musculoskeletal structures, body function and the nervous system are closely interrelated - disturbances in one system can impact the others, affecting health and well-being. They believe the human body possesses an inherent ability to heal itself. By using non-drug, non-surgical treatment methods, body function can be restored or rehabilitated - and further disability can be prevented.” [35]

Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, Florida, and California campuses)  

“Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Rather, a chiropractic spinal adjustment - the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spinal segment - corrects the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.” [36]

Parker University  

No definition seen. [37]

Sherman College of Chiropractic  

“Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of locating and correcting vertebral subluxations so that the body can heal itself in the most efficient manner. Instead of focusing on specific symptoms, chiropractic works to remove interference from the nervous system, which in turn allows better communication throughout the body.” [38]

Southern California University of Health Sciences  

No definition seen. [39]

Texas Chiropractic College  

Chiropractors “diagnose and evaluate with confidence, communicate effectively with other medical professionals, and skillfully treat patients based on the evidence presented.” [40]

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic  

“Chiropractic is a health care profession which concerns itself with the relationship between structure and function of the human body, and how that relationship may affect the restoration and preservation of health. The D.C. program focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal systems; however, graduates are trained to approach patient health care challenges in a holistic fashion.” [41]

University of Western States  

“The purpose of the doctor of chiropractic degree program is to provide training for students to develop the knowledge, skills, values and behaviors necessary to become primary care chiropractic physicians that apply best evidence, critical thinking, effective procedures, and professional integrity in the delivery of patient-centered care.” [42]