Chircopracter and subluxation theory: Recently I discovered that many forms of chirco are spiritual (non christian religious), still practiced under laws written by Daniel David Palmer. Daniel Palmer (i used wiki because it was easiest, but you can do your own search https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_David_Palmer#Palmer.27s_beliefs_and_philosophy) developed his theories still under practice today by visitations of a spiritual being he calls “Dr. Jim Atkinson”.
(From Wiki) “In his book, The Chiropractor (published posthumously, 1914), Palmer described the situation:
“The knowledge and philosophy given me by Dr. Jim Atkinson, an intelligent spiritual being, together with explanations of phenomena, principles resolved from causes, effects, powers, laws and utility, appealed to my reason. The method by which I obtained an explanation of certain physical phenomena, from an intelligence in the spiritual world, is known in biblical language as inspiration. In a great measure The Chiropractor’s Adjuster was written under such spiritual promptings.” (p. 5)“
He regarded chiropractic as partly religious in nature. In a letter of May 4, 1911 he said:
”… we must have a religious head, one who is the founder, as did Christ, Mohamed, Jo. Smith, Mrs. Eddy, Martin Luther and other who have founded religions. I am the fountain head. I am the founder of chiropractic in its science, in its art, in its philosophy and in its religious phase.“ ”
Before you fire your chircopracter, the easiest way to distinguish between a chiro that still upholds the spiritual belief of subluxation, is simply to call you insurance provider. Insurance will not cover chiropractors who practice subluxation due to the life threatening complications and non-scientific approaches. Here is an article that goes into detail about the different types. http://www.ncahf.org/pp/chirop.html
List found in article about how to identify Scientific Chiropractor’s (reject subluxation and spiritualism)
“ A scientific chiropractor will:
-Advance only methods of diagnosis and treatment which have a scientific basis.
-Openly disclaim the nonscientific ‘subluxation theory’.
-Restrict the scope of practice to neuromusculoskeletal problems loosely defined as Type M conditions (i.e. muscle spasms, strains, sprains, fatigue, imbalance of strength and flexibility, stretched or irritated nerve tissue, and so forth) recognizing that some Type M problems will fall outside the scope of even a scientific chiropractor.
-Work closely with medical practitioners, consulting with them on cases involving possible pathology and readily referring when reasonable and prudent.
-Use conservative methods of manipulative therapy.
-Avoid exposing patients to unnecessary radiation.
-Work to increase public awareness about abuses by non-scientific chiropractors.
-Help other chiropractors become more scientific in their approaches to health care delivery.
-Work to prohibit unqualified practitioners of all kinds from performing manipulation.
-Aid in the prosecution of alleged malpractice.
Scientific chiropractors will NOT:
-Use the title “doctor” in such a way as to mislead someone to believe the practitioner is other than a chiropractor.
-Induce anyone to believe that a chiropractor should be consulted first in preference to a medical practitioner in respect to any disease or disorder.
-Induce anyone to believe that chiropractic adjustment will cure or alleviate infectious diseases, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies or excesses, appendicitis, blood disorders, kidney diseases, gall bladder problems, hypertension, ulcers, heart disease or other non-Type M conditions.
-Fail to take reasonable steps to advise a patient to consult or continue consulting a medical practitioner when engaged by someone requiring medical care.
-Publish or publicly exhibit any circular extolling non-scientific chiropractic treatment or preventive care.
-Condemn without scientific justification public health measures such as fluoridation, immunization, pasteurization of milk, etc.
-Use their status as a health professional to sell or profit from the sale of products to patients.
-Excessively treat patients.
-Present themselves as specialists in pediatrics or claim the ability to treat children’s diseases.
-Claim that chiropractic adjustments will help raise resistance to disease or prolong life without valid evidence.
-Claim to be a “(w)holistic” practitioner.
-Claim to be qualified as a “family practitioner.”
-Claim to be qualified to administer mental health care.
-Utilize unproven*, disproven, or questionable methods, devices, and products such as adjusting machines, applied kinesiology, chelation therapy, colonic irrigation, computerized nutrition deficiency tests, cranial osteopathy, cytotoxic food allergy testing, DMSO, gerovital, glandular therapy, hair analysis, herbal crystalization analyses, homeopathy, internal managements, iridology, laser beam acupuncture, laetrile, magnetic therapy, Moire contourographic analysis, Neurothermograph, orthomolecular therapy, pendulum divination, pyramid power, “Reams” test, reflexology, scleraglyphics, Spinal column stressology, Thermography Thermoscribe, Toffness device, and so forth.
*Except on an approved experimental basis in which patients are fully-informed about risk-benefits, protocols are monitored by an Independent Committee, and patients are not charged a fee for services or products.“
Understand I’m only doing my best to inform so anyone reading can use their best judgment!