Chiropractic is the health profession that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health, with an emphasis on manual treatment, including handling.

The word chiropractic comes from the Greek praxis which means “practice or treatment” andcheir which means “hand or hand.” In Spanish, the proper term is chiropractic and not of chiropractic , which is derived from the French “chiropraxie”. Doctors in chiropractic always use the term chiropractic and not chiropractic, which is often used erroneously by people outside the profession or intrusive. The chiropractors near me receives the title of “Doctor in Chiropractic” after completing a career of a minimum of 6 years in the university.

The chiropractic profession was founded in 1895 in the USA. And is now established in 70 countries. The national chiropractic associations of these countries are members of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) in official relationship with the World Health Organization.

Because of its spectacular growth, in 1997 the chiropractic profession had become the third health profession primary care (doctors) in the Western world, after a degree in medicine and dentist (1). There are approximately 71,000 chiropractors in North America and 90,000 internationally, and it is estimated that in 2010 they will be 100,000 and 150,000 respectively (1). As early as 1993, the British Medical Association cited the chiropractic profession as the best example of a new profession that provided a framework for research and scientific studies of good quality to establish its effectiveness and safety (2).

Chiropractic is regulated by the governments of Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Cyprus, Iran, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. In the most advanced of these, chiropractic services are included in national public and private health systems. In many other countries it is simply legalized and recognized without specific regulation yet, but the list grows as governments update their health legislation.

Unfortunately, in Spain, legislation is still behind schedule and does not specifically regulate the chiropractic profession. The European Parliament in 1997 adopted the Lannoye report which recommends and encourages its member countries, which have not yet done so, to update their legislation and regulate the profession for the good of its citizens.

In the most advanced countries chiropractic is already fully integrated in society and in cooperation with other health professions, mainly medicine. Already in 1987 the American College of Surgeons made public its policy on chiropractic stating: ” There is no ethical or collective impediments to full professional cooperation between chiropractic and medical doctors “; such cooperation should include ” referrals, clinical work partners, participation in health systems, treatment and hospital services, participation in student exchange programs between universities and medical chiropractic, and cooperation in research and graduate programs.
The American College of Radiology meanwhile said publicly that” must be no impediment to inter-professional association and cooperation between Doctors of Chiropractic and Medical specialists in radiology in any situation in which this partnership can be, as in A hospital, private consultation, research, education, treatment of patients or any other legal arrangement.
The American Hospital Association also formally stated:” The American Hospital Association (AHA) has no objection to granting hospital privileges to Doctors of Chiropractic for the purpose of administering chiropractic treatment, extend education and clinical training of Doctors of Chiropractic , Or perform X-rays, clinical tests or other tests for Chiropractic Doctors and their patients and / or make available X-rays and clinical tests with the patient’s authorization.

A study by the Medical Faculty of Toronto in Canada revealed that as early as 1989, 62% of doctors referred patients to Chiropractic Doctors for spinal manipulation, and 10% of family physicians were patients of a Chiropractic Doctor (3). In 1990 a study in the city of Saskatoon, 20% of the patients of the Chiropractic Doctors were referred by physicians (4). More than 20 million Americans will go to a Chiropractic Doctor this year (5).

Currently, in Spain, there are approximately 100 doctors in chiropractic, who belong to the Spanish Association of Chiropractic founded in 1986 and legalized the same year by the Ministry of the Interior with the approval of the Ministry of Health.

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