Chiropractic is a form of healthcare that is uniquely American--invented in the USA over 115 years ago.  It focuses upon HEALTH--Normal Function; rather than upon disease--a list of symptoms. 


In Texas, the definition of the practice of chiropractic is the use of objective or subjective means to analyze, examine, or evaluate the biomechanical condition of the spine, and the musculoskeletal system of the human body; uses nonsurgical, nonincisive procedures, including adjustment and manipulation, to improve subluxation complex or the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.  Chiropractic does NOT make use of incisive or surgical procedures, controlled substances, dangerous drugs, drugs requiring a prescription, or the use of radiation therapy.

So then, in Texas, Chiropractic is:

     Evaluating and determining the status of:     

The use of: 


In Texas chiropractors must prescribe or administer treatments that are therapeutic in nature and in the manner in which they are prescribed or administered. 

When one looks up the meanings of these words we find that chiropractic is administered for the purpose of, or relating to, the healing of disease, for reasons of health, or to have “ a good effect on the body or mind; contributing to a sense of well-being.”

Health is the normal function of the human body and not merely the absence of symptoms. 

Disease, on the other hand, is a process having a characteristic train of symptoms.

Chiropractic’s focus is on restoring and maintaining normal function. 

Removing a list of symptoms is not necessarily the restoration of health.

Who needs health?  Who needs the restoration of normal function?  Every living human being.

Why chiropractic?  To work to restore and maintain HEALTH!


So chiropractic doctors are spine-only doctors, right?” 

That is INCORRECT.  In Texas, chiropractic deals with “the structure and function of the human spine.”  While some will take this as literally to mean ONLY the mechanical aspects of the spine, they forget that HISTORICALLY and by definition chiropractic ALSO deals with the nervous system--a PART OF THE SPINE.

Therefore, in dealing with the “structure and function of the human spine” generally, chiropractors also deal the nervous system of the human and “the primary function of the nervous system is to control the body.” 

Therefore chiropractic may directly, or indirectly, have some effect upon the regulatory system of the body.  Chiropractic certainly deals with the effect of the various conditions of the body upon the regulatory system and the spine. 

Chiropractic is a “whole body” approach focusing upon the spine and the effects of “whole body” conditions upon the spine, muscles, bones, and joints of the body.


The musculoskeletal system is an organ system that provides the ability to move using the muscular and skeletal systems.  It is made up of the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissues that support and bind the tissues and organs together.

There are diseases and disorders that may adversely affect the function and effectiveness of the musculoskeletal system.  These conditions can be difficult to diagnose due to the close relationship of the musculoskeletal system to other internal systems.

So chiropractic deals with the bones of the spine (that houses the nervous system that controls the body) and the musculoskeletal system (that is closely tied to every part of the body). 


Not of or relating to “the medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate or treat a pathological condition, to help improve bodily function or appearance, and sometimes for religious reasons.”

Chiropractic includes non-surgical and non-incisive (from Latin incidere ‘cut into’) procedures and INCLUDES adjustment and manipulation.

Chiropractic doesn’t do surgery, nor do we “cut into” our patients.


Joint manipulation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint, and is usually intended to move joints with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.  While other “manual therapies” may “move a joint”  joint manipulation is intended to move the joint to near its maximum range of motion to provide relief of pressure.

Chiropractic adjustment is differentiated from joint manipulation in that its intention is to improve or correct the subluxation complex.  Joint manipulation may be applied to any joint to put it through its range of motion. 

Chiropractic is a specialized field in the healing arts and its adjustment is distinct and singular to the chiropractic profession.


Subluxation Complex is a neuromusculoskeletal condition that involves a relationship between two joints not in a normal relationship to one another.  These joints may have functional or other impairment due to disease, injury, or trauma causing an alteration in the structure and function of the joints, or their proximal structures or body systems that may be directly or indirectly affected by them.

Thus, subluxation complex is a condition affecting the nerves, the muscles and the bones in a joint.  It directly or indirectly affects the joints themselves and the tissues and systems proximal to them, including the nervous system.

About us

The Brenham Chiropractic Clinic has served Washington County and the community of Brenham for many decades. 

Originally established in Brenham in the early 1970's by Dr. Henry Ford (no relation to the automaker),  Dr. Chris Dalrymple took over the practice when Dr. Ford retired, and has continued to administer the practice since 1985. Dr. Dalrymple (DAL-rim-pull) has been an actively practicing Chiropractic Doctor for 30 years. 

Says Dr. Dalrymple "My greatest satisfaction in chiropractic comes from the ability to help ailing people become healthier. My profession allows me to touch people's lives and frequently change them in a dramatic way forever." 

"One of my most satisfying results was a young lady who had such a severe case of asthma that she was disabled. When we initiated treatment, she literally could not walk the 10 yards from the parking lot to the treatment room at more than a shuffle. As we continued her chiropractic treatment, her medical doctor cut her medication in half and she was able to go and walk the malls and go shopping." 

"The team effort of her medical doctor and her chiropractic doctor was an effective combination for her condition.  She was able to function as a human being again!  It is amazing how well the body will function when it is allowed to function without excess inflammation, irritation, and interference.

"Another of my favorites was the young man who had for 3 years been told he had a bulging disc causing his lowback and leg pain.  He had endured drug therapy, injection therapy, physicial therapy, and was finally offered a $40,000 surgical therapy that 'had a 50/50 chance of helping his 2 mm disc bulge.'  After ONE treatment his sacroiliac joint dysfunction with mild sciatic nerve irritation from piriformis syndrome relieved so much of his discomfort he classified it a miracle.  This result, while extremely dramatic, is frequent with chiropractic care."

Dr. Dalrymple is active at the local, state, and national levels of his profession.  He served as the team chiropractor for the National Champion Blinn Track Team during their tenure as National Jr. College Track Champions, and has served team members of the Houston Budokan Kendo Team. 

© Dr. chris g. dalrymple 2017, 2018