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Encyclopedia > Doctor of Chiropractic

A Doctor of Chiropractic - also known as a "chiropractor" - is the health professional whose job is to diagnose, treat, correct, and prevent neurological, skeletal, or soft tissue dysfunction by employing spinal and other articular adjustments and manipulations. Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative health care profession which focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, their effects on the nervous system, and on general health. ... The delivery of modern health care depends on an expanding group of highly trained professionals coming together as an interdisciplinary team. ...


Modus operandi

He or she evaluates a patient's health by conducting a history and physical examination. This examination utilizes inspection, palpation, and other diagnostic testing including, but not limited to diagnostic imaging, laboratory diagnostics, etc. After diagnoses have been made, a Doctor of Chiropractic may choose several non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical methods to correct vertebral subluxations and other neuromusculoskeletal ailments to re-establish better neurological, muscular, and skeletal function in the body. Most methods include some form of adjustment where a specific manual contact point is calculated and a specific force is delivered along specific vectors to correct the vertebral misalignment. This adjustment is made by contacting specific bony structures at the spinal level where the chiropractor has found the subluxation. The chiropractor makes use of a variety of diagnostic tools to determine the location and nature of the subluxation. Palpation is a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional). ... Medical imaging is the process by which physicians evaluate an area of the subjects body that is not normally visible. ... Diagnosis (from the Greek words dia = by and gnosis = knowledge) is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures. ... Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative health care profession which focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, their effects on the nervous system, and on general health. ... The vertebral column seen from the side The current chiropractic definition of a vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. ... Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. ... Structure of a skeletal muscle Muscle is one of the four tissue types. ... Skeleton is also a winter sport: see skeleton (sport). ... In physics, force is that which changes or tends to change the state of rest or motion of a body. ... In physics and in vector calculus, a spatial vector is a concept characterized by a magnitude, which is a scalar, and a direction (which can be defined in a 3-dimensional space by the Euler angles). ... The vertebral column seen from the side The current chiropractic definition of a vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. ...


Prescribing

The Chiropractic physician prescribes other conservative means of treatment for promoting wellness, including: basics of proper nutrition, exercise and ergonomics instruction, lifestyle counseling, and emotional support. Many chiropractors receive additional training to be qualified to use a variety of other treatments including acupuncture, as well as naturopathic and herbal remedies in order to better serve their patients' needs.


While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment. - B. J. Palmer Bartlett Joshua (B.J.) Palmer (September 9, 1882 - May 21, 1961) was a pioneer of chiropractic. ...


The chiropractic approach to health places an emphasis on the health of the individual patient and on the health of the entire community. A Chiropractic physician fulfills this role by encouraging and fostering conditions that prevent disease and recommending lifestyle habits that promote health and general wellbeing. A doctor of chiropractic recognizes the need for other forms of therapy when indicated; and interacts fully with other members of the health care profession. When a condition in one of their patients presents that is beyond the scope of chiropractic, the Doctor of Chiropractic is well trained to make note of this and make an appropriate referral to the correct specialist in the healthcare field.


The scope of practice for the Doctor of Chiropractic varies from one State or region to another. A different set of laws and governing bodies therefore exists for each one and describes what the chiropractor is allowed to do in his or her jurisdiction. Doctors of chiropractic are unable to prescribe medications; though medication typically goes against chiropractic philosophy.


Letters

"D.C." is the suffix added to the end of a chiropractor's name to indicate that they are a Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractors are also referred to simply as "Doctor".


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