|About Chiropractic Care
From National University of Health Sciences website http://www.nuhs.edu
What is chiropractic?
National University of Health Sciences holds that the practice of the chiropractic physician:
- embraces the whole person with emphasis upon conservative health care
- facilitates the inherent potential of the human organism to develop and maintain a state of self-regulation
- invokes self-healing processes with minimal therapeutic risk
What is a chiropractor?
The chiropractic doctor:
- is a primary care, first contact physician
- practices within the legal scope of licensure
- emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship
- recognizes the need for other forms of therapy when indicated
- interacts fully with other members of the health care delivery team
- acts always in the best interest of the patient
What is included in the practice of chiropractic medicine?
Chiropractic practice embodies:
- Recognition of a diversity of factors which impact upon human physiology, among which are biomechanical dysfunction, genetics, trauma, hygiene, microorganisms, nutritional status, exercise, motion, posture, environment, stress, emotion and human relationships;
- Primary care of patients based upon diagnostic evaluation including patient history, physical examination, clinical laboratory data, diagnostic imaging and other special diagnostic measures, as well as those procedures which are unique to the chiropractic evaluation of human spinal and structural balance and integrity;
- As a central component of practice, the application of a diversity of spinal and other articular adjustments and manipulations for the treatment, correction and prevention of neurologic, skeletal or soft tissue dysfunction and for the production of beneficial neurologic and other physiologic effects;
- The use of other conservative means in the promotion of optimal health, including but not limited to, nutritional counseling, physiologic therapeutics, meridian therapy/acupuncture, trigger point therapy, exercise, life-style counseling botanical medicine, homeopathic remedies, emotional support and stress management.
How does chiropractic compare to other primary health care professions?
Chiropractic education is comparable to medical and osteopathic education as far as qualification for practice is concerned. The graduate in chiropractic has been well-schooled in the basic sciences and is thoroughly trained in the diagnostic sciences physical, clinical laboratory and roentgenological. Residence programs also exist in clinical practice, research, family practice and diagnostic imaging for qualified graduates who wish to pursue specialization.
Chiropractic education serves different functions and purposes in therapeutics compared to medical and osteopathic education. Its therapeutic format and design are different in certain respects; the therapeutic intent and approach are not the same; and the type of ailments and afflictions most ably and commonly handled by each is likewise different. Hence, dissimilarities in the basic and clinical sciences do and should exist.
There are similarities between the three major healing arts schools. Hopefully, each exhibit a genuine concern for the patient, with the welfare of the patient as the first and foremost concern. Salus Aegnoti Suprema Lex (the welfare of the ailing is the supreme law). It is also hoped that the membership of each profession will, without prejudice, become aware of the effectiveness of the methods of the other schools of healing and, if necessary, refer the patient to such a specialized practitioner. When surgery or medicine are indicated, the patient should receive such care without question or issue. When chiropractic treatment is indicated, it should be provided without hesitancy or bias. It is indeed unfortunate that society is asked to tolerate the dissension and disrespect that at times exists between elements of the healing arts professions.
Additional facts about chiropractic
The practice of chiropractic is defined and regulated by statute in all 50 states, six provinces of Canada and all cantons of Switzerland, West Germany, Australia and South Africa. It is an accepted and acknowledged profession in the British Isles, the Scandinavian countries, France, Italy, New Zealand and Japan.
Education and licensure requirements include between two and four years of preprofessional baccalaureate level coursework (depending upon individual chiropractic college admission standards), as well as the doctor of chiropractic degree earned in a chiropractic college approved by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education. A license must be obtained from the state in which the doctor chooses to practice. In some states, the licensing board of examiners is composed of medical doctors in whole or in part, while in other states the boards are composed exclusively of doctors of chiropractic.