Chiropractic is a manual therapy based on the work of D Palmer, a magnetic healer working in the USA in 1895. Chiropractic involves physical manipulation and adjustment of the joints. Palmer called the misalignments of the vertebrae, vertebral subluxation and this is at the heart of chiropractic treatment.
There are two types of chiropractor. Straights and Mixers.
Straights work on the basis that the vertebral subluxations are the cause of all symptoms or problems in the patient and focus directly on the misalignments. They are essentially ‘purists’. When a patient visits they will carry out a spinal analysis, detect subluxation, then they will correct with adjustment. Straights do not involve themselves in other treatments or medicine systems, including conventional healthcare.
Mixers believe that subluxation cannot always explain all medical problems and often mix chiropractic with diagnostic and treatment approaches from other disciplines. They will often use osteopathic, medical, and chiropractic methods and they believe subluxation is one of many causes of disease. Treatments that they use include exercise, massage, ice packs, moist heat and nutritional supplements, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal remedies and biofeedback. However, manipulating vertebral subluxations is their first port of call.
Patient QI’s view on Chiropractic:
Mixers are more suited to the personalised health strategy ideas.
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Rules Regulations and Associations
Chiropractic is a regulated EU registered profession in 10 EU countries and is regulated but not registered in 6 others. 10 other countries in the EU regulate the treatment.The US regulates the profession and treatments.
The global umbrella organization for Chiropractic is the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). http://www.wfc.org/website/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89&Itemid=87&lang=en
France: : www.chiropratique.org
Germany: : www.chiropraktik.de
American Chiropractic Association: www.acatoday.org
International Chiropractors Association: www.chiropractic.org
Canadian Chiropractic Association: www.chiropracticcanada.ca
Brazil: Brazilian Chiropractic Association: www.quiropraxia.org.br
Chile: Corporación Chilena de Quiropraxia: www.quiropraxiachile.com
Peru: Asociación de Quiroprácticos del Peru: www.quiropracticos.org
Australia: Chiropractors’ Association of Australia Ltd: www.chiropractors.asn.au
New Zealand: New Zealand Chiropractors Association: www.chiropractic.org.nz