Is It Chiropractic?

There seems to be a lot of confusion these days about what chiropractic is, and what it isn’t.

If you happen to be one of the confused out there, I don’t blame you.  There are so many peripheral treatments being doled out in chiropractors’ offices nowadays that it’s hard to get a clear vision of what exactly it is that we do.

I’ll make this extremely easy for you…

Since life is carried from the brain into the body by means of the spinal cord and its nerves, your potential for health is in direct proportion to the integrity of your spine.

Chiropractic is a natural form of healthcare comprised of a science, art, and philosophy whose purpose is to remove interference from the nervous system by the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments).  This is done by means of the chiropractic adjustment.

Therefore, without the adjustment, there is no chiropractic.

Chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals trained to correct vertebral subluxations, and that’s what makes chiropractic entirely unique.

Massage is not chiropractic.  Electric stim is not chiropractic.  Ultrasound, lasers, and paraffin wax?  That’s right…not chiropractic.

While some doctors choose to administer these therapies as part of your treatment protocol, understand that the adjustment is the only part of the treatment that can rightfully be called “chiropractic”.  I’m not saying that there is anything inherently wrong with these therapies and services, but I am saying that they are not chiropractic.



Dr. Joe Tsai is a chiropractor and health coach dedicated to helping you live up to your maximum potential. You can contact him directly at