This week in our review of chiropractic history, we’re looking into where chiropractic is today and where it may be in the future.
Nationwide licensure was slow to come to fruition and the scientific merit and therapeutic benefits of spinal manipulation were initially challenged. Today, however, manipulation has been generally accepted for pain. Back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint problems, sprains, strains, osteoarthritis, herniated discs – these are just some of the musculoskeletal conditions helped by chiropractic.
Spinal manipulation in chiropractic medicine has evolved greatly since the first adjustment performed by Daniel David Palmer in the late 1800s. Additionally, chiropractors have begun to embrace a variety of other evidence-based approaches to spine problems. Now, techniques include low-velocity adjustments involving the hands and even instruments and machines – such as the activator – and various other adjustments incorporating many specialized and individualized thrusts.
Modern chiropractic research has started to focus more on the efficacy of specific types of spinal manipulation, including when certain adjustments are performed and how long they are included as part of chiropractic treatment plans.
In addition to chiropractors, doctors of osteopathic medicine and some medical doctors and physical therapists also perform spinal manipulation.
Interdisciplinary practices are now becoming more common in a variety of settings, with chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and others working as partners in occupational health, sports medicine teams, and rehabilitation centers.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this small series, and the next time you visit your local chiropractor, you’ll know more about the history of their field!