Chiropractic is the largest natural primary health care profession in the world. It’s one of the most praised yet most misunderstood of all the health care disciplines, despite the fact that more than twenty-five million Americans utilize it each year. It’s practiced by 50,000 doctors around the world and is licensed in every state in the Union.
A Brief History
The philosophy behind chiropractic can be traced all the way back to 2700 B.C. Chinese and Greek writings mention spinal manipulations and maneuvering lower extremities to ease low back pain. The infamous Greek physician, Hippocrates, published writings detailing the importance of chiropractic. Around 400 B.C., he wrote
“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”
In 1897 the first chiropractic college (Palmer School of Chiropractic) was opened in Iowa by Daniel David Palmer. Throughout the twentieth century, doctors of chiropractic gained legal and professional recognition in all fifty states and dozens of countries around the world.
Yes, Chiropractors are Doctors
Doctors of chiropractic complete four to five years at a chiropractic college. The complete curriculum includes a minimum of 4200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. Approximately 15% of those hours are dedicated to adjusting techniques and spinal analysis. The remaining 85% focuses on the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. This includes anatomy with human dissection, physiology, and biochemistry.
Following graduation, doctors of chiropractic must also pass the national board exam and then their particular state’s exam. Once licensed, chiropractic physicians are able to diagnose, provide therapy and radiological services, and adjust. They are able to diagnose and treat, which separates them from other professionals such as physical therapists.