Chiropractic

In this overview of chiropractic, we examine its history, theory, and development; its scientific evidence; and its approach to the art of medicine

Ted J. Kaptchuk; David M. Eisenberg

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • Chiropractic’s position in society is contradictory, and we reveal a complex dynamic of conflict and diversity
  • Chiropractic, the medical profession that specializes in manual therapy and especially spinal manipulation, is the most important example of alternative medicine in the United States and alternative medicine’s greatest anomaly
  • 1994, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research removed much of the onus of marginality from chiropractic by declaring that spinal manipulation can alleviate low back pain
  • randomized controlled trials with at least 1 arm being a sham control have been performed for spinal manipulation for low back pain
  • Its persistence suggests it will continue to endure as an important component of health care in the United States
  • Chiropractic has managed to embody this message in the gift of the hands

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