The Education of Chiropractic Physicians in the United States
Keywords:Chiropractic, Chiropractic Physician, Nervous System, Manipulation, Biomechanical Analysis, Clinical Syndromes
Chiropractic is the science and art which utilizes the inherent recuperative abilities of the body and relationship between the musculoskeletal, vascular and nervous structures and the function of the body principally of the spinal column and the nervous system in the restoration and maintenance of health.
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary health care physician concerned with the health needs of the public. As a member of the healing arts, chiropractic physicians give particular attention to the relationship of the structural and neurological aspects of the body in health and disease. In order to accomplish this objective a chiropractor must have an expert knowledge of the body through the study of basic science, clinical science and an Internship in an out-patient clinic. By manipulation of the spinal column and its immediate articulations, chiropractic helps restore and maintain normal nerve function, communication and homeostasis.
The practice and procedures which may be employed by chiropractic physicians are based on academic and clinical training received through an accredited chiropractic college by the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE). These includes, history taking, physical examination, orthopedic and neurological examination, laboratory diagnosis and radiological interpretation.
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