What the Government says about Chiropractic
Chiropractic as a Professional Choice
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2000-2001
U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the bodyís muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractors believe that interference with these systems impairs the bodyís normal functions and lowers its resistance to disease. They also hold that spinal or vertebral dysfunction alters many important body functions by affecting the nervous system and that skeletal imbalance through joint or articular dysfunction, especially in the spine, can cause pain.
"Chiropractic in the United States: Training,
Practice, and Research"
AHCPR Publication No. 98-N002
One hundred years ago, the founder of the chiropractic profession, D. D. Palmer, reportedly used spinal manipulation to restore a deaf janitorís hearing. A series of events following this dramatic incident ultimately led to the establishment of what is now one of the largest health care professions in the United States. From its beginnings, this new profession eschewed more invasive treatments in favor of spinal adjusting (or manipulation) as its central approach to care. During much of its first century of existence, chiropractic was shunned by the medical profession and remained on the fringe of mainstream health care. In fact, as recently as 1980, the American Medical Associationís Principles of Medical Ethics proscribed any associations between physicians and chiropractors or other "unscientific practitioners."
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