Different types of
chiropractors practice different types of
chiropractic. Knowing the differences will help you find healing and
answer the question: Do chiropractors work?
Using this health approach, chiropractors only correct subluxations— they do not diagnose or heal any disease. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to remove subluxations.
Straight chiropractors adhere to the pure teachings first taught by Dr. Palmer. They believe the basis of all disease is subluxations and they find and correct them using chiropractic techniques. Their focus is to have a properly functioning nervous system via the spinal vertebrae. Approximately 15% of all chiropractors are in this category.
Mixers are also chiropractors trained to correct subluxations. However, the mixer has a far broader view of the origins of disease. Mixers believe that bacteria and viruses cause disease, but subluxations weaken the body’s immune system. Along with practicing traditional chiropractic techniques to correct subluxations, mixers employ a vast array of alternative medicine techniques. Mixers make up the majority of chiropractors.Whatever other healing modalities employed is up to the belief and training of the individual chiropractor. Some will prescribe dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies and/or herbal products. These chiropractors will also integrate their practice with various other approaches such as acupuncture, physical therapy, iridology, massage, mind/body and energy healing.
Such chiropractors develop a clientele and a reputation based on their unique blend of healing traditions. Knowledge of various healing traditions, along with the unique training in subluxations, makes this type of chiropractor extremely proficient in the healing arts.
Reform chiropractors are different from both straights and mixers. These types of chiropractors, although having some training in traditional chiropractic theory, do not focus on subluxations. They seek to reform the traditional chiropractic discipline by openly rejecting the theories of traditional chiropractic care while attempting to implement their own supposedly superior concepts.
Reform chiropractors use touch and manipulation to treat such problems as osteoarthritis, joint pains and various other musculoskeletal problems, limiting their practice to this very specialized area of medicine. In their technique and theory of medicine, they aligned more with conventional medical and osteopathic doctors. They are unlike mixers, since they openly reject most, if not all, types of alternative medicine, including straight chiropractic care. Instead, they promote the use of conventional drug therapies. Reform chiropractors are presently the minority of the three types of chiropractors, but in recent years, their numbers seem to be growing.
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