What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the largest healthcare professions globally. Chiropractic offers treatment methods for young and old. On this page we give an insight into the profession of chiropractic and its background.

Worldwide back- and neck specialists

A chiropractor treats a wide variety of complaints, mainly back and neck complaints. Chiropractic also offers a solution for complaints such as headaches and other joint related complaints, for example, the shoulder or knee.

Chiropractic is a form of manual therapy

The word chiropractic is derived from the Greek word “cheiros” which means hand. The latter part of the word “pratto” means practice. Chiropractic therefore means “practice by hand” and is thus a form of manual therapy.

What is the origin of Chiropractic?

Chiropractic originated in the United States since the early 20th century. In 1990 there were only 50 chiropractors in the Netherlands. Today there are about 300 registered chiropractors with the Dutch Chiropractors Association (NCA). Chiropractic may be a small profession in the Netherlands, but globally, chiropractic is the third-largest discipline after doctors and dentists.

Chiropractic Education

In the Netherlands, chiropractic is classified as alternative health care, as there is currently no university program being offered. The most chiropractors did a five-year university course in England. The education is similar to medicine, but with more focus on anatomy, neurology and radiology. Chiropractors are trained to be able to make diagnoses independently. Completion of this degree results in the Master of Science degree (MSc.)

A complete look at the movement chain

The chiropractor examines the functioning of the entire musculoskeletal system. For example; a neck complaint is not always just related to the neck, but can be related, for example, to a problem in the lower back or hip. After an extensive examination, the chiropractor will discuss a tailor-made treatment plan with you. A typical treatment from a chiropractor consists of manipulations and mobilizations of joints, muscle techniques, exercises and advice about posture and movement. Read more about chiropractic treatment here.

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Jarco Schol


Desiree Griesel


Sten Hofstad


Chiropractic in Hilversum

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