Excuse me while I rant for a few minutes! As a Chiropractic student studying the bodies natural healing power and how to best access and support it, I have often been frustrated by the medical point of view towards my profession. So….I reject the idea that Chiropractic health care is complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Chiropractic is not complementary to any other practice. The belief that any health care other than modern Allopathic medicine is somehow only an djunct to it is a misunderstanding I am happy to argue. Chiropractic is a powerful stand-alone health practice whose methods are significant when used on their own. There are many examples of healing to show for it and a growing body of research that supports its work.
Allopathic medicine is important and necessary for many reasons, including health crisis intervention and emergency life-saving, however, it is time we recognize that this type of approach has limits and may not address the necessity for optimizing the function of our bodies before there is an obvious breakdown in the system, or when less invasive processes stimulate the system to heal itself, even when signs and symptoms are present. It is time we as a society acknowledge that Allopathy is just one method of healing, however important and necessary. Medical doctors are to be respected and acknowledged for their work, without reservation in most cases. Theirs is a noble profession. However, other healing practices have achieved great success and need not be defined in relation to the one modern practice that controls the most resources. Let’s look beyond our noses to what is obvious. Many pathways lead to healing and much of what we thought we knew about scientific healing has now been shown to be incorrect or incomplete. Chiropractic adds significantly to our understanding and, along with Homeopathy, Ayurveda, and many Eastern healing practices deserves a separate and equal place at the health care table.