ChiroSH (Chiropractic Subject Headings) is a controlled vocabulary created by members of the Chiropractic Library Collaboration, an organization affiliated with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. ChiroSH is used by the Index to Chiropractic Literature’s indexers, and by catalogers in health sciences libraries. This online version (under development) is an innovation we hope will be widely used by students, chiropractors and researchers. The first edition of ChiroSH was released in 1984 and the seventh edition is currently in production.
- Read about the history of ChiroSH: Hardy SB. Analyzing a unique controlled vocabulary: Chiropractic subject headings [ChiroSH] – Past, present and future. Chiropr Hist. 2014 Summer;34(1):21-27. ICL record
- Kempke A, Boni BA. Chiropractic Subject Headings 6th ed. Chiropractic Library Collaboration, 2009.
See MeSH for the list of allowable qualifiers (subheadings) following Chiropractic. Also, consult MeSH for a list of accepted publication types when adding a publication type to this heading in a catalog record. Publication types are not added to citations in the Index to Chiropractic Literature.
Consult MeSH scope notes for an explanation of the difference between Chiropractic (the specialty) and Manipulation, Chiropractic (the act of adjusting a patient to relieve pressure or pain).
Manipulation, Chiropractic is used as a heading for works that discuss manipulation of the spine; Manipulation, Orthopedic is used as a heading for works that discuss manipulation of other joints or bones. See MeSH for a complete definition of the two terms.
Chiropractic / methods is a MeSH heading that is used to describe works that discuss chiropractic techniques in general. When dealing with works that discuss particular techniques, consider a more specific named technique heading from ChiroSH. Chiropractic / methods includes technique, methodology, and procedures as they relate to chiropractic. Prefer headings for specific named techniques; for items or articles covering more than three named techniques, prefer Chiropractic / methods. See specific technique headings.
When adding subheadings to named technique headings listed in ChiroSH, consult MeSH to see the list of allowable qualifiers (subheadings) following Musculoskeletal Manipulations. These are the only subheadings that may be added to named technique headings.