Chiropractic Facts

Chiropractic was established in 1895.  It is the second largest of the three primary health care professions in the US.  There are approximately 65,000 DOs in the US and another 20,000 around the world.  All 50 states, Puerto Rico, The District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands have statutes recognizing the practice of chiropractic as an independent health service.

Board-qualified and licensed chiropractors are entitled by law to use the title "Doctor of Chiropractic," "D.C." and/or "Chiropractic Physician".

Chiropractic health care is provided for in such federal programs as Medicare, the Government Employees Hospital Association Benefit Plan, The Mail Handlers Benefit Plan, and the Postmaster Benefit Plan.  State Medicaid Acts in most states include doctors of chiropractic as primary healthy providers.  Chiropractic benefits are provided for in health insurance policies of virtually every major insurance carrier, State Workers' Compensation Program, and the Federal Employee's Compensation Act (FECA).  About 75% of managed care organizations in the US cover chiropractic services.

Federal agencies accept sick leave certificates signed by doctors of chiropractic, and fees paid are allowable deductions as expenses for "medical care" for Federal income tax purposes.

A typical doctor of chiropractic's training includes an eight-year program of undergraduate and professional college study and clinic internship prior to entering private practice.  Areas of science studied include diagnosis, anatomy, bacteriology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, spinal manipulation, x-ray, nutrition, and  physical therapeutics.

Chiropractors incorporate the chiropractic adjustment into their treatment to restore normal motion and alignment to the spine and extremity articulations. Normal function is then restored, allowing the natural healing mechanisms in the body to function properly. Chiropractors also recognize the significance of the mind-body connection, and take the influence of stress very seriously when planning a way to treat a condition.

The professional accrediting agency for chiropractic collees is the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  The GI Bill of Rights covers education in chirpractic colleges for qualified veteransFor

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