What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the premise that the relationship between structure and function in the human body is a significant health factor and that such relationships between the spinal column and the nervous system are the most significant, since the normal transmission and expression of nerve energy are essential to the restoration and maintenance of health.
What are the educational requirements and licensure standards for doctors of chiropractic?
To obtain a diploma as a doctor of chiropractic, a candidate must have a minimum of two years pre-professional college education with a prescribed content, plus four years of resident instruction at a chiropractic college.
Is the education of a chiropractor as good as a medical doctor?
Certainly, it is as good. It is somewhat different, however in that above and beyond anatomy and chemistry and many of the sciences, it concentrates on structural aspects. The interesting thing is that in six-tenths of the states, candidates for a chiropractic license must qualify under equivalent basic science examinations as those required for medical doctors.
Has chiropractic care been demonstrated to be of benefit in reported statistics?
Yes. Studies of workers' compensation records in several areas provide objective evidence of the efficacy of chiropractic care. From data supplied by Workers' Compensation Commissions, comparisons of chiropractic and medical treatment have demonstrated that those cases under chiropractic care showed reduced treatment costs, reduced compensation costs, reduced work-time losses, and reduced worker disability and suffering.
Is chiropractic treatment dangerous?
With rare exceptions, the answer is "No." While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic care administered by a licensed practitioner. To assure competency and make certain the discipline is conducted in a scientific and professional manner, all states require D.C.s, as well as M.D.s and D.O.s, to be board-qualified, licensed, and regulated according to stringent criteria. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower in chiropractic as opposed to medical care where the iatrogenic threat of prescription drugs and surgery pose a problem. These two hazards, which are avoided in chiropractic care, represent the overwhelming concern in health science today.
What is an adjustment?
The corrective structural adjustment by a chiropractic physician should not be confused with other forms of manipulation. Manipulative therapy in one form or another is used somewhat in all the healing arts. Allopathic manipulation is usually little more than putting a joint through its normal range of motion, by a therapist, in order to stretch muscles and break adhesions. Osteopathic manipulation is designed to increase joint motion and relieve fixations. A chiropractic corrective adjustment is made only after careful analysis, delivered in a specific manner, to achieve a predetermined goal. It is a precise, delicate maneuver, requiring special bioengineering skills and deftness not unlike that required by a surgeon. There are many different methods to adjust the spine. Usually, the procedures are hands on. In certain situations the Chiropractor may deliver a quick, gentle thrust. In other situations, a slow, sustained pressure may be used to accomplish the adjustment. Rarely is the process painful.
How long does it take to get well?
That would depend entirely on the health problem, the nature of the condition, the complexity of the condition, the length of time the condition has existed, and the patient's ability to respond to treatment. As with any health treatment, there are no guarantees. However, there is overwhelming evidence that shows that certain types of health problems respond rapidly to chiropractic procedure.
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