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Community Adjusting (Open Adjusting Plans)

The concept of  “open” or “community” areas where health care is provided is not unique to chiropractic. This style of practice is found in such diverse areas as physical therapy, orthopedics, emergency rooms and psychotherapy.
The concept of open areas for the provision of care is not simply an efficiency issue. The role of community in healing and the empowerment that it brings may be central features in a practice member’s recovery and the ability of the doctor to facilitate healing. In addition to this there may be less likelihood of allegations of inappropriate touching or sexual misconduct in a group setting.
Any attempts by regulatory boards to encourage or impose sanctions upon chiropractors merely for offering and making available such opportunities to patients must be vigorously opposed.
In consideration of the above, the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation affirms that open/community adjusting areas are an acceptable standard of care for the practice of chiropractic. The Foundation has adopted the Recommendation of the Council on Chiropractic Practice on this issue as contained in the 2003 Clinical Practice Guideline Number 1: Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice. The wording is reproduced here in its entirety:
Respecting patients' right of privacy has always been both an ethical and a legal duty. New
federal regulations place specific, enforceable obligations on most chiropractors and their
employees. Knowledge of and compliance with these regulations is essential in order to
remain in practice.
It is acceptable for chiropractic care to be provided in a setting where more than one patient
receives care in the same room. In such a case, the patients involved must consent to this
arrangement. The chiropractor should have procedures where a patient who wishes to be
examined or adjusted privately may do so.