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Chiropractic is a profession that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders relating to the musculoskeletal system, most particularly the spinal column. The hypothesis behind Chiropractic practice is that maladies and disorders are generally connected centrally to the nervous system. Although, initially, Chiropractic practice has been much maligned and ballyhooed by the medical community, recently, the World Health Organization and mainstream medicine has somehow given it a little more credit and has given it a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Status. Though, a lot of chiropractors would not like to have their practice called alternative medicine but still the recognition by the WHO as it is being a complementary and alternative medicine as opposed to just being alternative medicine definitely give chiropractors’ patients little bit of assurance that they are not having a quack doctor treating them.

Since, Chiropractic Medicine gives a notion that those practicing chiropractic deals mainly with bones or bone setting and that’s why maybe the reason people consulting chiropractors usually have bad backs or those with broken bones. But, that was before because the field of Chiropractic has actually gone beyond treating backaches. In terms of scope of practice it involves different diagnostic methods which include skeletal imaging, orthopedic and neurological evaluation and observational and tactile assessments. As it has been established that the general well-being of a person is centrally connected via the nervous system, chiropractors can diagnose almost any disease based in their diagnosis of the spine and nervous system. If indeed they find anomalous findings that may be related to a heart condition, then they would refer a patient to a heart doctor or cardiologist. As a proof of wider acceptance of this medical approach, American health cards do cover chiropractic consultations and treatments.

The first school of Chiropractic was founded by Daniel David Palmer, a magnetic healer, in 1890 and then was carried on by his son Bartlett Joshua (BJ). However, during this time and a few generations later, those practicing chiropractic were incarcerated due to practicing of medicine without license and also it was founded with religious undertones into it somewhat comparable to a cult. Because of these cultic element somewhat getting mixed to it, a lot of controversy arose but modern day chiropractic practitioners are more science based and even now required to have a license before being allowed to practice.

In the United States, it has been found out that the number of licensed chiropractors total to about 60,000. In fact, chiropractors, as compared with other alternative medicine like yoga and acupuncture, have a wider audience as 7.4% of the population has gone to a chiropractor for treatment or consultation (based from 2002 figures).

Usual Chiropractic Medicine patients usually are those suffering from acute and chronic headaches, migraines, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, neck pain, chronic back pain, ear infection, digestive problems, menstrual pain, asthma, frozen shoulder and other sports related injuries. More or less the conditions mentioned above are being treated effectively by chiropractic therapy.

Right now, chiropractic therapy and care is really gathering steam as more and more people consult a chiropractor on a year-on-year basis. It will just be a matter of time that Chiropractic Medicine will be a full-pledged medical branch as more and more universities are offering chiropractic courses.

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