Guide to Chiropractic Resources
Back injuries are a common problem, affecting over 75% of adults. D.D. Palmer recognized the vulnerability of the human spinal column and founded the chiropractic profession around the turn of the 20th century. Over the years it grew from a corrective measure to fix problems centralized to the spine to the more holistic practice it is today; promoting nutrition, personal fitness and other alternative medicines. By adjusting the alignment of the spine and hips in relation to the rest of the body chiropractors aim to reduce pain and improve the overall health of their patients. Chiropractic medicine has become increasingly popular over the years as a way to treat back injuries caused by overexertion and sports in addition whiplash, headache and other injuries.
Though some doctors in hospital settings question chiropractic’s efficacy, chiropractors have a large following of satisfied patients. Chiropractors have been especially effective at helping patients who for some reason distrust the traditional medical system. Some patients prefer traditional therapies since chiropractic medicine is often not covered under health insurance plans, though this is slowly changing. The latest trends in chiropractic medicine expect a steady rise in both practicing professionals and public attendance for this alternative medicine.
In our continuing commitment to host the best healthcare resources anywhere on the web we have provided sites exploring the methods, organizations, education and current research in the growing chiropractic profession.
Chiropractic medicine is a complicated practice with many different techniques, philosophies and risks involved. Due to this chiropractors must be skilled and confident in their positions and receive extensive training on the physiology of the spinal column, neck and hips. The links below explore some general topics important to the practice of chiropractic.
- Spine Inc: Chiropractice explains the practice of doctors who specialize in manipulation of the spine to treat bodily disorders. Spine Inc. offers numerous resources on issues related to the spinal column and provides links to outside information on chiropractic.
- Dr. Towery’s Healthy Solutions: Chiropractice gives a brief description of chiropractic, its procedures, education and treatment facts. The site focuses on addressing patient concerns about chiropractic medicine and the physical trauma that creates a need for it.
- The Chiropractic Information Page features extensive links to research, ideology, methods, organizations and advice from chiropractors. It is provided by The Chiropractic Resource Organization to provide the public and professionals with needed information on the practice.
- Chiroweb: Chiropractic describes the techniques of chiropractors and the disorders they most commonly address. It also discredits common myths about chiropractic medicine and the prejudices that surround the profession.
- MedlinePlus: Chiropractic offers a basic overview of the chiropractic profession, its history and the conditions it is helpful at alleviating or treating. It also links to research findings and professional associations for chiropractors.
- YourSpine provides information on the advantages of chiropractic medicine for different types of health issues including current research on the practice. The site is aimed at consumers and addressing their concerns about chiropractic practice.
- chiroACCESS highlights news, research and medical practices central to chiropractic treatment. It also has information from chiropractic suppliers on the tools commonly used in the profession.
- Planet Chiropractic offers news, educational resources, job openings and a professional directory for chiropractic ethics, treatment, procedures, practices and techniques. It also features a blog from a busy chiropractor documenting his experiences with chiropractic medicine and health in general.
- National Center for Complementary Medicine and Alternative Medicine: Chiropractic describes the chiropractic profession from consumer and practitioner perspectives and explains its research, standards and history. Its list of references is an invaluable source of related information on the web.
- 1800Chiro is a free online listing service for chiropractors from across the United States. They also host a collection of articles and news archives dealing with the effectiveness of chiropractic medicine for various types of injury.
- The Chiropractic Blog has information on different physiological injuries and diseases and how chiropractic medicine can help treat them. It also provides professional advice on marketing, running and growing your chiropractic practice and education to stay current with different techniques.
Like many established medical professions, chiropractic medicine relies on new research and constant study to improve its processes and guide the practice. Research in chiropractic medicine involves the studies of the spine and connecting bones, the muscles that make up the back, effective techniques, effective complementary medicines and chiropractic education. The links offered here provide research on these aspects as well as commentary and critique on the profession in general.
- Chiropractic and Health features research articles on chiropractic medicine’s benefits for an array of different disorders. They allow searching for specific information or simple browsing to access their summaries of chiropractic research and news.
- The Index to Chiropractic Literature is a searchable database of many chiropractic research papers, articles and journals with scientific studies on the benefits of chiropractic medicine. Though many of the articles require a subscription to view, the site hosts a selection of open access resources available to all.
- Chiropractic and Manual Therapies is an open access, peer reviewed online journal that focuses on clinical evidence to provide new insights for the chiropractic profession. Though it values empirical evidence, it also includes commentary on the profession from practitioners and guidelines to conduct your own studies.
- The Chiropractic Journal of Australia provides the best of Australian research, commentary and viewpoints, critiques on theories and other documents and histories of chiropractic medicine. The journal is peer reviewed but only abstracts are available online; full articles are only found in the print version.
- Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association incorporates commentary from professionals, scientific findings and breakthroughs in procedures to provide chiropractors with current information on their professions. It is reviewed by notable chiropractors but is only available in print subscription form.
- The Journal of Chiropractic Education promotes continuing development in chiropractic understanding by providing a forum for studies and opinions on chiropractic education to improve the state of learning. It is published by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and is reviewed for accuracy and relevancy.
- Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic focuses on the issues of practicing chiropractors working with families and especially young children. Although the articles are available online, you need a subscription to view more than the abstracts.
- The Journal of the American Chiropractic Association is a premium publication in chiropractic practice and includes articles on developing patient relationships, chiropractic philosophies, critiques on literature and perspectives from professionals. It requires a subscription to view though all current articles and most archives can be viewed online.
- Clinical Chiropractic focuses on developing standards and providing practical information for chiropractors around the United States. It is a quarterly publication by the College of Chiropractors.
Chiropractors gain strength in the form of networking, support, access to materials and advice from their association with professional organizations. There are many chiropractic organizations and most of them choose to specialize in research, education or professional development. Through the publication of their journals they share their insights and those of the community with their members. These are a few of the most influential chiropractic associations in North America and internationally.
- The American Chiropractic Association provides membership for chiropractors to disseminate information on proper care and patient education as well as advocacy for legislation beneficial to the chiropractic profession. They also publish the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and ACA News, a monthly periodical on chiropractic issues.
- The International Chiropractors’ Association provides news, classifieds, advocacy and education information on the chiropractic profession. It also lists the licensing boards for individual states in the U.S. to provide easy access to educational requirements.
- The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association focuses on the special techniques for treating children and families in the chiropractic profession. They host seminars, conduct research, publish Pathways magazine and sell equipment to ensure the chiropractic profession has the materials, education and knowledge needed to offer appropriate care.
- The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia is the premier chiropractic organization for Australian professionals. They publish The Australian Chiropractor magazine and the Chiropractic Journal of Australia as well as leading interests groups in the field.
- The American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians supports the chiropractic profession by discouraging misunderstanding of chiropractic medicine and lobbying for greater access to services. They also publish the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and host a patient service to find a chiropractor near them.
- The Canadian Chiropractic Association promotes understanding of the chiropractic profession and informs the public on the benefits of chiropractic evaluation. Together with Canada’s chiropractic licensing body, they are developing standards for education and practice to ensure quality care.
- The Chiropractic Awareness Council works closely with the Canadian public to improve perspectives and understanding of chiropractic medicine. They have a collection of patient resources to help understand the processes in a chiropractic evaluation and the signs that you might need to see a professional.
- The Chiropractic Coalition is an alliance between many chiropractic organizations in the United States and abroad to sponsor unity and a common objective among professionals worldwide. They act through legislation and advocacy to ensure that professionals are free from unnecessary restrictions and consumers can find affordable care.
- The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations aims to unite the various state organizations involved with chiropractic medicine to provide a nationwide platform for improvement of the profession. They host a variety of programs including Straighten Up America to spread public awareness of spinal health and care.
Education and Professional Development
The first step to starting a chiropractic career is choosing a school for education. In the United States chiropractic schools are separate from traditional medical schools, though students of both typically complete similar undergraduate work. Understanding the direction the occupation is heading and any trends in employment, salary or practice is also central to embarking on a career. The links below offer information both about recent changes in the practice and the colleges and coursework involved in chiropractic education.
- Occupational Outlook Handook 2010-11: Chiropractors has information on the chiropractic profession, education required and possible positions for a chiropractor. It also links to professional associations, education sources, requirements and examinations.
- ChiroToday promotes the chiropractic profession by offering advice on how to start a practice and build it into a success. It includes the experiences of chiropractors, previously successful business models, links to advertising agencies and the permitting and financial institutions necessary to create any business.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education promotes university and continuing education to help chiropractors find relevant and effective techniques for use in their clinics. They also publish The Pivot Review, an open access online journal with information on chiropractic practice and education.
- Spine Guys: Education offers insight into the demanding process of chiropractic education and describes expectations of a professional chiropractor. It also lists the typical coursework and subjects students explore during each year of their education.
- The Council on Chiropractic Education accredits chiropractic schools and advocates for improvement and integration of chiropractic curriculum across the United States through publication of educational standards. They provide a search function to find accredited schools for chiropractic study.
- Wikipedia: Chiropractic Schools lists educational institutions for a career in chiropractic medicine from around the world. It also notes if and by whom the school is accredited, so there is no confusion as to which schools will be recognized.
- The Chiropractic School and Career Guide hosts articles on what to expect in chiropractic education and careers as well as advice from professionals. It also explains the history of chiropractic practice and the trends in the profession that may affect its direction in the future.
- CollegeBoard: Chiropractors explains the expectations of the profession and what qualities make a good chiropractor as well as typical salaries. It also describes the educational preparation for this career from high school onward and guesses at the career outlook for the future.
- ChiroEco: Careers lists many employers for chiropractors and assistants from across the United States. It also gives educational advice to potential students through its sister site StudentDC.