The second largest of the three primary health care providers in the U.S.
Chiropractic education and training is the equivalent to medical school. Doctors of chiropractic emphasize neuromusculoskeletal adjustable techniques while medical doctors emphasize surgery and pharmacology. Chiropractic patients consistently report high levels of satisfaction with the care they receive (Western Journal of Medicine, March 1989, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, March 1989, March 1991, and January 1993).
Included in government and private health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Six government inquiries and numerous scientific studies over the past twenty years have found contemporary chiropractic care to be safe, efficacious, and extremely cost effective – it can save between 30-50% in treatment costs and lost time. The Natural Method of Health Care – “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Attributed to Thomas Edison
An approach to health which utilizes the body’s inherent and natural recuperative powers:
A healing science which places emphasis on maintaining the structural integrity of the body. A method of health care which is conservative and which does not utilize drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is a conservative approach to health restoration, maintenance, and disease resistance. As a natural health care method, chiropractic by choice does not utilize drugs or surgical procedure.
A drug may be helpful in alleviating symptoms, but does not necessarily address the cause of those symptoms. Likewise, although surgery may be necessary to remove a diseased organ, it does not always answer why the organ failed to function normally. While chiropractic recognizes that drugs and surgery may be helpful at times, it also understands their limitations and risks. Chiropractic is a holistic (total person) method that deals with treating the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic considers all aspects of the patient’s life: family, history, work, lifestyle and environment, diet, exercise regimen, the attention to prevention, and the patient’s physical and emotional stress factors.