Chiropractic care goes back a long time ago. In 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C., spinal manipulation was already discussed in Chinese and Greek texts, which spoke of its role in lowering pain, and caring for the lower extremities. Hippocrates, the well-known Greek doctor who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also mentioned chiropractic treatment. Hippocrates stated, Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.
Spinal manipulation gained widespread attention in the United States at the end of the 19th century. So that in 1895, Daniel David Palmer established the profession of chiropractic in a town in Iowa. The Palmer School of Chiropractic was set up by Mr. Palmer, who possessed an extensive knowledge in physiology and anatomy. Even now, the school is still a renowned American college of chiropractic.
In the United States, chiropractic care gained legal recognition across the all fifty states in the 20th Century. The respectability of chiropractic care in America has helped it gain acceptance and recognition around the world. Clinical research and the work of individual practitioners from around the world have significantly added to the respectability of the profession as a whole.
The influential report titled Chiropractic in New Zealand (1979) supported collaboration between medical physicians and chiropractic care. Another Canadian study, known as Manga (1993), highlighted the cost effectiveness of chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic care has pioneered the movement of preventative and non-invasive care, with scientifically-backed treatment approaches to deal with many conditions. The constant focus that chiropractic care has on research ensures that it will keep contributing to the care of ailments.
The Education of a Chiropractor: Chiropractic doctors undergo four to five years of training and education at an accredited college of chiropractic. These students are required to complete a minimum of 4,200 hours of lab, classroom, and clinical study and practice. At least 90 hours of undergraduate, science-related classes are also required, as set forth by the Council of Chiropractic Education. Additionally, the national board exam and other statewide tests are required. One must pass them to become a chiropractic doctor that is allowed to practice.
The curriculum of the chiropractic education teaches a thorough study of bodily structure and functioning that covers clinical sciences and health subjects. Students of chiropractic undergo training in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, differential diagnosis, radiology, as well as therapeutic methods. This allows the chiropractor to diagnose and provide treatment, unlike other non-physician status practitioners.
Chiropractors are regarded as primary care providers, according to the Council of Chiropractic Education. In most states in the U.S., chiropractors are considered to be physicians. Indeed, the term doctor is reasonable, and Medicare recognizes this as well. In its Policies on Public Health, the American Chiropractic Association supports the designation of chiropractic physician to refer to DCs (doctors of chiropractic).
Chiropractic doctors employ a conservative, natural treatment approach, which relies on the body's ability to heal on its own accord. Drugs and surgeries are not part of its treatment approach. Chiropractic care's focus on biomechanics, which is the spine's structure and function, and their impact on the neurological and musculoskeletal system, has the chiropractor emphasizing these systems to promote health.
A chiropractic doctor is an advocate for public health and wellness care as well as the role of prevention and conservative treatment approaches. The scope of chiropractic practice is wide and DCs routinely treat patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions like joint pain, headaches, neck pain, and low-back pain. In addition, chiropractic doctors have the necessary training to treat conditions that are not of a neuromusculoskeletal nature, such as digestive disturbances and allergies. Many other conditions like osteoarthritis and tendonitis are treatable with chiropractic care.
Time has taught chiropractic doctors of means to effectively promote health. Furthermore, as a dynamic field of health, chiropractic care is committed to explore and perfect its methods.