FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2014
American Chiropractic Association Adopts Summit’s “Drug-Free Approach” to Health Care
Washington, D.C.--The American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) House of Delegates (HOD) today adopted language describing the profession’s approach to health care and the use of drugs by chiropractic physicians during it’s annual meeting Feb. 28- March 1 in Washington, D.C.
The statement was originally written and approved by the Chiropractic Summit, an umbrella leadership group of more than 40 prominent chiropractic organizations, during a meeting in Seattle in November.
The statement reads, in part–
Summit Promotes Drug-Free Approach:
“The drug issue is a non-issue because no chiropractic organization in the Summit promotes the inclusion of prescription drug rights and all chiropractic organizations in the Summit support the drug-free approach to health care.”
As you can imagine, this statement was crafted very carefully and after long discussions by all participants of the Summit, which includes organizations and individuals from all corners of the profession and with widely varying viewpoints. When the group first approached the task, it realized that the profession could not legitimately use the word “drugless” to describe itself. Surprised? It makes sense when you consider the FDA classifies the use of certain vitamins and supplements to treat a condition a form of drug use. With so many doctors of chiropractic using nutritional therapy to help their patients, it was obvious to even the most conservative among us that “drug-free approach” more accurately describes what we all do.
Granted, there are wide variations in the scope of practice for chiropractic based on the state in which DCs practice. Some states are quite expansive in what they allow doctors of chiropractic to do; others are rather restrictive. The Summit’s role is not to define scope (that is the function of the states themselves), so any statement on chiropractic practice drafted-to be accurate-needed to keep into account those who may have more tools in their toolbox.
Nevertheless, the approach that all doctors of chiropractic take, regardless of their available tools for patient care, is first and foremost drug-free. This is what unites us; we as a profession can be proud that the organizations representing the Chiropractic Summit came together and unanimously agreed on this very positive and powerful statement.
“ACA is proud to adopt the Chiropractic Summit’s statement, which succinctly describes the intention behind our profession’s conservative approach to health care,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC.
The HOD met in conjunction with the 2014 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) and Education Symposium. Be sure to visit ACA’s Facebook fan page for photos, updates and videos from the conference. Twitter users can talk about the event using the hashtag #NCLC2014.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the United States advocating for more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic students. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit us at www.acatoday.org.
I found this chiropractic article at a great online directory of Michigan Chiropractors and it’s included here with their permission:“Although the chiropractic field has many similarities to the traditional medical field, there are also a lot of differences. Chiropractic practice is based on philosophy, and it is that philosophy that guides how chiropractors treat their patients and what overall outcomes are expected of patients. If you are interested in understand just what, exactly, makes chiropractic special, then here are some highlights of chiropractic care philosophy: Holistic healing. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications. Instead, they often recommend their patients take certain dietary supplements and vitamins in order to improve troubling conditions. Total body approach. Because chiropractors manipulate the spine in order to affect a multitude of health conditions all over the body, they understand the importance of taking care of the entire body to reduce the negative effects of even a localized injury or discomfort. This emphasis on the connectedness of the body means that chiropractors encourage patients to care for themselves in every aspect – mental and physical. Well-rounded care. Not only do chiropractors align your spine and adjust your vertebrae, but they also consult you on how to improve your health and wellness using a variety of other treatments and methods. These include dietary recommendations, referrals to therapists, deep tissue massage, acupuncture, and more. When you see a chiropractor, you will get advice on a multitude of treatments and resources available to you outside of the chiropractic office. Treating the source. Chiropractic philosophy focuses on going right to the source of a problem, and chiropractic care involves treating the cause, rather than the symptoms. Before your first session, your chiropractor will take a thorough medical history and give you a complete health examination in order to identify underlying causes of your condition so they may be treated. The great divide. Not all chiropractors choose to administer the same types of treatments, or use the same methods for spinal manipulation. For that reason, chiropractors are often divided into between two groups: “straight” chiropractors or “mixed” chiropractors. Straight chiropractors are conservative in their approach to providing chiropractic care, focusing their treatment on spinal manipulation only. They are less likely to incorporate other, alternative forms of medicine into their treatment plans. Mixed chiropractors, on the other hand, tend to be more interested in modern research and evidence, and make it a point to incorporate new alternative medicine discoveries and chiropractic techniques into their patients’ treatment plans. As you can see, chiropractic care philosophy is unique from conventional medicine in a number of ways. If you are looking for a safe and natural approach to heal your entire body from the inside out, then chiropractic care may be for you.”
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Not all chiropractors are equal, and the health of your spinal column is a super big deal. Do not make the mistakes of choosing the first chiropractor listed in the phone book, or of not doing enough research prior to deciding on which professional you will allow to align and adjust your spine. Instead, keep in mind these 5 things to look for when choosing a chiropractor:
Referrals and recommendations. Roughly 6 to 12 percent of the population is receiving regular chiropractic care at any given time. That means it should be easy to find these people and ask them how they feel about the chiropractors you are considering. Ask potential chiropractors if they can refer you to speak with any of their satisfied patients; Reputable chiropractors will be able to point you to a few. You may also ask your family doctor, friends, and family for recommendations and work from that list.
Reasonable costs. Yes, chiropractors may charge differently for different services, and you shouldn’t choose a chiropractor based solely on affordability. However, if you call around, you will find that some chiropractors charge fees that are just plain out of the ballpark. Also, don’t forget to ask about what is included with the cost you are quoted, as well as what additional charges you may incur through a routine visit.
Chiropractic techniques. Different chiropractors use different techniques, and you need to choose one that uses techniques you can be comfortable with. For example, some chiropractors work with their hands and have a gentle touch, while others prefer using instruments and popping your joints. Ask chiropractors which methods they use, before you lay on that table.
A well-rounded approach. The goal of any competent, reputable chiropractor will be to get you well, and as soon as possible. That naturally means fostering your care from a variety of angles. If a chiropractor seems unwilling to work with other professionals involved in your health care, and closed off to the idea of you supplementing your treatment with other healthful activities, then you should find another chiropractor.
Strong working relationships. Good chiropractors work with other professionals in the health field to keep up on industry changes, as well as to maintain important connections that could better the treatment of their patients. As previously mentioned, this quality is best proven by positive referrals from other doctors, therapists, and healthcare practitioners.
Choosing a top chiropractor isn’t all that difficult, as long as you are willing to do some research and some legwork. Use these tips as a starting point when sizing up your options.
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This website, Best Michigan Chiropractors, is a great resource. They have the best local chiropractors throughout the state of Michigan organized by city. Click your city and you’ll be automatically directed to that chiropractor’s website. There is only one listing per city, so we’ve made the process super easy for you!
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