vision of the Canadian Chiropractic Association is for every Canadian
to have full and equitable access to chiropractic care. The mission
of The Canadian Chiropractic Association is to help Canadians live
healthier lives by:
1. informing the public about
the benefits of chiropractic care.
2. promoting the integration of chiropractic into the health care
3. facilitating chiropractic research.
The Philosophy of Chiropractic
The human body has the natural
power to heal itself, but sometimes it needs help in putting that
power into action. Chiropractic assists the natural healing process
by helping maintain, restore or enhance your health, and it does
so without drugs or surgery. Chiropractors work with what is called
the "total neuro-musculo-skeletal system". In plain language,
that's the system that controls your nerves, muscles and bones.
Because the body's various systems depend on one another to a large
extent, the neuro-musculo-skeletal system plays a primary role in
your health. This interaction means, for instance, that chiropractic
treatment of your spine often has a beneficial effect on problems
in other areas of your body, such as headaches and sciatica.
"Modern chiropractic does
not utilize drugs or surgery"
The first historic mention of chiropractic-type treatment was by
Hippocrates in ancient Greece, when it was an accepted form of therapy.
The word chiropractic is derived from Greek, and means "treatment
The Spine is the First Concern
Today, chiropractic is the science
which concerns itself with the relationship between structure, primarily
the spine, and function, primarily the nervous system, as that relationship
may affect the restoration and preservation of health.
No Drugs or Surgery
Chiropractors recognize that
the body has a natural ability to fight disease and achieve stable
health, and therefore use neither drugs nor surgery in their treatments.
The profession maintains that these invasive techniques are often
employed too readily and without the patient first having recourse
to more conservative therapies.
Chiropractic pioneered the holistic
approach to health care now widely espoused in North America. This
approach is seen in chiropractic education and practice in the areas
of nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, sleeping habits, working habits
and other preventive health strategies.
"Chiropractors focus on
the spine in relation to the total body"
Chiropractors focus on the spine
in relation to the total body and specialize in the understanding
and treatment of its component bone structures, muscles and nerves.
Their major therapy is manual adjustment, sometimes referred to
as manipulation of the spine and extremities.
Other therapies may include the
use of mobilization, massage, heat, light, ultra-sound, electrotherapy,
specialized exercise programs, forms of muscle testing and development,
nutrition and lifestyle counseling and general fitness.
For over one hundred years, the
chiropractic profession has developed, preserved and advanced the
practice of spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation (otherwise
known as adjustments, a preferred term for many chiropractors) is
the core foundation of chiropractic practice. Chiropractors in Canada
render spinal manipulation/adjustments to the majority of their
patients and provide millions of manipulative/adjustive procedures
annually. A recent study in the United States found that well over
90% of all manipulative procedures are performed by chiropractors.
It is the position of The Canadian
Chiropractic Association that Doctors of Chiropractic are the only
health care practitioners who are proficient by virtue of their
education, clinical training and manual skills to render articular
adjustments and spinal manipulation to the Canadian public. Furthermore,
in the public's best interest, The CCA maintains that the provision
of articular adjustments/spinal manipulation is unsafe in the hands
of a health care provider who does not hold the equivalent training
related to the practice of articular adjustments/spinal manipulation,
in any professional, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate course
of study in Canada today. In short, chiropractors as a professional
group are the only health care providers qualified for the practice
of spinal manipulation.
Consider some of the findings
of the New Zealand Royal Commission into Chiropractic, which conducted
two years of hearings and published a lengthy report based on sworn
statements from recognized experts in all fields of health care,
that: 1) chiropractors are the only health practitioners who are
necessarily equipped by their education and training to carry out
spinal manual therapy; 2) chiropractors carry out spinal diagnosis
and therapy at a sophisticated and refined level; 3) spinal manual
therapy in the hands of a registered chiropractor is safe.