Is a Chiropractor a Real Doctor?
Complete understanding of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the chiropractor to address ailments concerning the spinal column, to completely assess a patient and decide the requirement for chiropractic treatment or referral to a different health care provider.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are primary health care providers and are licensed to practice in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The Doctor of Chiropractic is an independent professional who provides primary care services and a gatekeeper to the healthcare system. The Chiropractor’s office is a direct access portal of entrance to the entire range of service.
Governmental health care plans recognize the services provided by chiropractic doctors. Chiropractic treatment is recognized in Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Care Benefits Plans, National Workers' Compensation and all state workers' compensation plans. Chiropractic pupils are qualified to receive national student loan aid and DCs are authorized to be commissioned as healthcare officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The practice of chiropractic is founded on sound scientific principles.
The presence of the body's nervous system as the main control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spinal column is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The back develops in the womb to supply two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and safeguard the spinal cord.
DCs use the term "subluxation" to describe misalignment of vertebrae which can limit range of motion and compromise nerves coming out of the spinal column. Interruption of nerve flow can finally cause impairment, pain, and an overall decline in the standard of living. The removal of the interference has been demonstrated to possess significant, lasting health benefits. The body is in a position to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the machine, thereby relieving symptoms and restoring health.
Doctors of chiropractic provide powerful, low cost health and wellness care to treat a broad array of conditions.
Studies released by organizations not affiliated in any manner with chiropractic institutions or associations and conducted in accordance with the best scientific standards continue to demonstrate effectiveness and the clinical appropriateness of chiropractic care. Among the very recent, financed by the Ontario Ministry of Health, said that:
"About the evidence, especially the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is proven to be more efficient than alternate treatments for low back pain...
The doctor of chiropractic is a powerful source of wellness and preventative care.
The anatomical focus of the DC on the human spinal column has created the understanding of the DC as only a "back physician." Although this awareness is totally correct, it's very incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are an extremely suitable resource in issues of workplace security, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counselling."
The procedure for chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient process that is performed almost one million times every working day in America.
There's a striking absence of actuarial data that would warrant reasoning that chiropractic care is in any way dangerous or harmful. Chiropractic care is noninvasive, consequently, the reaction to chiropractic care of the body is a lot more predictable than its responses to drug treatments or surgical procedures. Of the almost one million alterations given daily in this nation, complications are extremely uncommon. Probably the most effective summary statement on the topic of safety was printed in 1979 from the Government of New Zealand which created a special commission to study chiropractic:
"The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record."
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