The Chiropractic Profession

Basic Facts

Let me explain to you the Chiropractic Profession basics. I think you'll have a better understanding of our profession after reading this brief article.

What Is Chiropractic Treatment?

The term "Chiropractic" is derived from Greek roots which mean "done by hand".

According to the World Health Organization, WHO, Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.

There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and manipulation.

This is genuine "Hands-On Health Care"!Central to chiropractic and its distinct approach to the restoration and preservation of health, is the relationship between structure, especially the spine and musculoskeletal system, and, function, especially as coordinated by the nervous system.

It is thought that significant consequences may exist as a result of mechanical spinal functional disturbances.

Chiropractic practice emphasizes the conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of drugs and surgery. Bio-psychosocial causes and consequences are also regarded as significant factors in management of the patient.

Because chiropractors are primary contact health care practitioners, they recognize the importance of referring to other health care providers when it is in the best interest of the patient.

History Of The Chiropractic Profession

Chiropractic arose as a separate profession in the late 1800s in the United States. In its early stages of development, into the 1950s, the profession remained isolated and controversial and was geographically limited to North America.

During the 1960s and 1970s, foundations for broader mainstream acceptance of chiropractic were being developed. Educational standards and licensing examinations very similar to medicine were developed.

The first significant research texts and scientific journals were published. The profession began to achieve legal recognition and regulation.

Todays Chiropractic Profession

Chiropractic is now taught and practiced throughout the world and has gained broad acceptance of its services.

The traditional chiropractic approach to managing back pain, that is, by recommending spinal manipulation and early activity for most patients, has been endorsed by evidence-based national clinical guidelines that were sponsored by governments in many countries.

Large well designed clinical trials have reported that chiropractic management and skilled manipulation are more effective and cost-effective than usual or best medical care.

Similarly, multidisciplinary expert panels have reviewed the current evidence on risks and benefits and have recommended manipulation for many patients with common categories of head and neck pain as well as victims of motor vehicle accidents with whiplash-associated disorders.

A clear anatomical basis for headache arising from dysfunction of the cervical spine has now been established. Evidence from random controlled trials confirms the effectiveness of chiropractic management.