gravitates toward a vitalistic approach to healing — the understanding and principle that all organic systems in the universe are conscious, self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing.
American Chiropractic Education and Qualifications
Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. DCs are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs (equal to six year graduate school in Europe) through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
Chiropractors undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts. Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.
This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.
"Get the Big Idea..." - Dr. BJ Palmer
"A SLIP on the snowy sidewalk, in winter, is a SMALL thing. It happens to millions. A FALL from a ladder, in the summer, is a SMALL thing. That also happens to millions. The slip or fall produces a SUBLUXATION. The subluxation is a SMALL thing. The subluxation produces PRESSURE on a nerve. That pressure is a SMALL thing. The pressure CUTS OFF THE FLOW of mental impulses. That decreased flowing is a SMALL thing. That decreased flowing PRODUCES A DIS-EASED body and brain. THAT is a BIG thing to THAT man. Multiply THAT sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental welfare OF A CITY. Multiply THAT man by a million and you shape the physical and mental destiny OF A STATE. Multiply THAT man by one hundred thirty million, and you forecast and can prophesy the physical and mental status OF A NATION. So the slip or the fall, the subluxation, pressure, flow of mental impulses, and dis-ease are BIG enough to CONTROL THE THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS OF A NATION.
Now comes a man. Any ONE man is a SMALL thing. This man gives an ADJUSTMENT. The adjustment is a SMALL thing. The adjustment REPLACES the subluxation. That is a SMALL thing. The adjusted subluxation RELEASES pressure upon nerves. That is a SMALL thing. The released pressure RESTORES health to a man. That is a BIG thing to THAT man. Multiply THAT well man by a thousand, and you step up physical and mental welfare of A CITY. Multiply that well man by a million, and you increase the efficiency of A STATE. Multiply that well man by one hundred thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy, and better race FOR POSTERITY. So adjustment of the subluxation, to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health, IS BIG enough TO REBUILD THE THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS OF THE WORLD.
THE IDEA that knows cause, that can correct cause of dis-ease, IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST IDEAS KNOWN. Without it, nations fall; with it, nations rise.
THE IDEA is the BIGGEST I know of."
~ Dr. B.J. Palmer