Chiropractic
Founder’s Day: Chiropractic Turns 122
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Monday, September 18, 2017 05:45 PM

One-hundred-twenty-two years ago, 1895, was the same year that x-rays were discovered. At that time, health care was provided by a diverse group of unregulated and unlicensed professions, these included osteopaths, magnetic healers, and “medical” doctors.   In those days, most medical education consisted of working as an “apprentice” for a medical doctor, and learning the craft by observation.

D.D. Palmer, the Father of Chiropractic, was a magnetic healer,  with a huge practice in Davenport, Iowa.   He had doubts about the “germ theory” as the complete explanation for the cause of all disease. After all, if germs kill… shouldn’t we all be dead?   He asked himself: “how it was that two brothers could work in the same shop, eat the same food, sleep in the same bed, and that one would succumb to a disease while the other one would not”? 

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Differences in Outcomes Between Male vs Female DCs
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Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:01 PM

The number of practicing male doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in Switzerland currently exceeds the number of female DCs, with men making up about 70% of the profession, according to the Swiss Chiropractic Association, Chirosuisse. However, this sex ratio is not mirrored in the student body at the University of Zürich Chiropractic Medicine program, where currently 75% of students are female. Comparatively, since 2004, the percentage of female graduates in Swiss medical schools has been consistently >50% and rose to >60% in 2009. This phenomenon, known as the feminization of medicine, is a much discussed topic within the medical profession and academia.

This prospective cohort study with 1-year follow-up reports a  significantly higher proportion of patients of female DCs reported clinically relevant improvement at 1 week, 3 months, and 1 year, and had a significantly greater decrease in their pain scores compared with male DCs’ patients at 1 week. However, female DCs also had a significantly greater number of acute patients (who have been reported to improve faster and with greater magnitude than subacute or chronic patients) compared with male DCs.  When evaluating the chronic and subacute subgroups alone, there was no significant difference in treatment outcome between male and female DCs. This suggests that patient outcomes of improvement and satisfaction may be more likely influenced by other factors associated with low back pain.

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National Medicare Equality Petition
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:26 PM

The American Chiropractic Association’s major grassroots campaign to enact federal legislation that would allow doctors of chiropractic (DC) to perform to the fullest scope of their license in Medicare continues. This initiative would significantly improve the health and wellness of our nation's aging population -- and your support is urgently needed.

The National Medicare Equality Petition will raise awareness of how the current Medicare system shortchanges seniors who want and need the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs)  to stay healthy, pain free and mobile, and how DCs  can be a part of the solution for what ails the U.S. health care system.

ACA is encouraging doctors of chiropractic across the country to ask their patients and other chiropractic supporters to sign the petition (links below) and add their names to a growing list of Americans who want rightful  access to and full reimbursement for services provided by doctors of chiropractic for themselves or their loved ones who are Medicare patients. The plan is to let signers of the petition have their voice heard in Washington through a series of targeted grassroots campaigns to contact their members of Congress and demand a solution to this problem. The ultimate goal is to create a groundswell of support that Congress cannot ignore.

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Share F4CP Resources on YOUR Social Platforms
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 04:51 PM

Recommendations urge doctors to change their approach to back pain -- Avoid painkillers and choose chiropractic first.

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Getting a NCHM Proclamation
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:00 AM

National Chiropractic Health Month is coming in October.  Why not raise awareness of chiropractic with a local proclamation?  

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM)  the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and doctors of chiropractic nationwide will raise public awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic. 

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