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The Background and Focus of Chiropractic Care: The Basis for the Training of Doctors of Chiropractic
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The Background and Focus of Chiropractic Care: The Basis for the Training of Doctors of Chiropractic

The history of chiropractic care spans a wide range of time. As far back as 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C., Chinese and Greek literature mentioned spinal manipulation as a pain reduction method and treatment of the lower extremities. The renowned Greek physician Hippocrates, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also outlined the role of chiropractic treatment. According to Hippocrates, Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.?

By the end of the 19th century, spinal manipulation (aka adjustments) had gained momentum in the US. Around this time in 1895, Daniel David Palmer introduced the chiropractic profession in a town in Iowa. With a detailed knowledge of physiology and anatomy, Mr. Palmer established the Palmer School of Chiropractic. To this day, the school remains one of the most respected colleges of chiropractic care in the country.

All fifty states eventually recognized chiropractic as a legal practice in the 20th Century. The recognition of chiropractic care in the U.S. has prompted its subsequent respectability abroad. The reputation of chiropractic care has received a boost as a result of international efforts and clinical results.

A report titled Chiropractic in New Zealand (1979) made a strong case for the effectiveness of chiropractic care, and endorsed medical cooperation with chiropractic professionals. The cost effectiveness of chiropractic treatment was discussed in Manga (1983), a Canadian study.

Throughout the years, chiropractic care has led the movement of scientifically-sound treatment methods that are non-invasive and preventative. A continuing focus on research promises that chiropractic care will make further contributions to the treatment of conditions.

Chiropractic Education: In order to become a chiropractic doctor, there is a requirement of at least four to five years of schooling at an accredited college of chiropractic. Students must have at least 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical practice, in total, completed. The Council of Chiropractic Education also requires a prerequisite of at least 90 hours of undergraduate, science-oriented courses. In addition, students must pass the national board exam, as well as any statewide exams that allow one to practice.

The chiropractic curriculum offers comprehensive study of the human body's structure and functioning, covering clinical sciences and related health subjects. Along with classes in anatomy, differential diagnosis, physiology, biochemistry, and radiology, the chiropractic students also receive instruction of therapeutic approaches. Therefore, practitioners are able to diagnose and treat patients, unlike other providers like physical therapists.

The Council of Chiropractic Education has allowed chiropractors to serve as primary care doctors. The designation of ?doctor? is indeed appropriate to refer to chiropractors, and they are viewed as physicians by Medicare, and in most American states. The American Chiropractic Association also supports the use of the term ?chiropractic physician? in its Policies on Public Health to refer to DCs (doctors of chiropractic).

Recognizing the body's innate ability to heal itself, chiropractors are conservative care doctors with a holistic and natural approach. Chiropractic does not rely on the use of drugs or surgeries. Chiropractic care focuses on the proper functioning of the spine's structure and how it affects the musculoskeletal and neurological system. The emphasis on the biomechanics of the body is instrumental in the treatment and maintenance of health.

A chiropractic doctor hones in on the role of prevention and conservative treatment of diseases while advocating public health and wellness care. The chiropractor can address numerous amounts of conditions, as well as routine neuromusculoskeletal conditions like neck and low-back pain. Chiropractic doctors also have the training and expertise to address non-neuromusculoskeletal ailments like digestive disorders and allergies. Chiropractic care also treats osteoarthritis, tendonitis, sprains and strains, and more.

Over time, doctors of chiropractic have learned of effective means to maintain and restore health. And as a dynamic, forward-thinking profession, it continues to test and perfect its techniques and procedures.

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