News and Views in Chiropractic - Bobby Braile at Now You Know

News & Views Memorial Day 2015

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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Observes National Correct Posture Month

The article below is a release from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. It has appeared in numerous publications and online outlets. F4CP is a not-for-profit organization that aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about F4CP, please visit them on the web at www.yes2chiropractic.com.

CARMICHAEL, Calif. May 13, 2015 The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, calls for increased awareness about the significant impact of postural habits on overall health during National Correct Posture Month (NCPM), an annual nationwide awareness campaign held each May. The F4CP will support the month-long campaign through the distribution of educational materials, print communications and social media campaigns.

"Maintaining proper posture, or correct alignment of the body, is a key contributor to healthy living," states internationally renowned posture expert, Steven Weiniger, DC, emphasizing that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) specialize in spinal health and wellness. "By improving posture, symmetry and balance, individuals can reduce the risk of recurrent flare-ups, prevent injuries and maintain peak performance."

According to the American Journal of Pain Management, posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Many factors can attribute to poor posture including stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, decreased flexibility, and improper body positioning. DCs are specifically trained to provide hands-on care that helps to naturally align and strengthen the spine, as well as counsel patients about healthy lifestyle habits.

Experts at the F4CP recommend the following tips to help individuals develop long-lasting habits for good posture:

  • Keep a neutral spine head up and shoulders pulled back
  • Avoid forward flexing of the head for extended periods of time
  • Consult a DC for advice on proper postural habits, as well as hands-on care to support spinal alignment and strengthening

"Our muscles routinely work to balance us as we sit, stand, bend and sleep," shares Dr. Weiniger. "Over time, however, uneven stress causes the body to adapt and change, subsequently causing aches and pain. A DC can help to help correct poor postural habits, and suggest appropriate techniques that aid in the improvement of proper body mechanics and overall health."


Five European Chiropractic Schools Break from Subluxation Teaching

Five chiropractic colleges have signed an agreement that clearly states that they do not believe that subluxation teaching should be part of a chiropractic education.  The schools that signed the multi-faceted agreement are: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic; Welsh Institute of Chiropractic; The Education of Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark; Chiropractic Medicine, University of Zurich; The French-European Institute of Chiropractic; and the Department of Chiropractic, University of Johannesburg.

The section of the agreement that deals with subluxation states: "The teaching of vertebral subluxation complex as a vitalistic construct that claims that it is the cause of disease is unsupported by evidence. Its inclusion in a modern chiropractic curriculum in anything other than an historical context is therefore inappropriate and unnecessary."

The full agreement can be seen here.

Another point in the statement seems to squarely take aim at volume and wellness practices. In this section, the statement reads, "Practice styles promoting preset 'high-volume' chiropractic care models as wellness care, which may contribute to inappropriate patient dependence, compromise patient confidentiality or require repeated exposure to ionizing radiation are not part of an undergraduate chiropractic curriculum. Students should be taught to recognize that such approaches are not acceptable in terms of the best interests of patients with the chiropractic profession."

My View: Here we see an organization taking subluxation-based chiropractic out of context. In their statement speaking about subluxation they state, "...claims that it is the cause of disease..."  The truth is that chiropractic philosophy clearly does not incorporate that.  The term "dis-ease" was specifically generated to dispel the idea that subluxations directly cause diseases. Proper understanding of chiropractic philosophy states that subluxations interfere with proper body function, and improper body function can therefore lead to poor health and disease.

The statement about volume practice is, however, new.  Never before has a group formally come out and said that a volume practice is not in a patient's best interest.  We could simply dismiss this as a view from "have-nots."  But I believe this stems from the basic lack of understanding of chiropractic philosophy. If you do not believe the body heals itself, then you must take control  of it and manage healing yourself. This obviously takes more time and negates the possibility of a volume practice.

The real problem here is that this group, and other like it, violates the very statute it claims to embrace, "evidence based."  The question begs to be asked, What scientific evidence do you have that a volume practice is less effective at helping people than a lower volume evidence based practice?  I'm sorry, there is none! 

The only evidence that can be presented in this argument is that more people obviously go to chiropractors who correct subluxations. Therefore, if one accepts sheer numbers as a form of evidence, then higher volumes are more effective. Perhaps the European colleges should teach volume family wellness practices instead, if they truly want to be evidence based.

More on this story here.

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