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Statement on Policy & Chiropractic  


 

Whether one realizes it or not policy decisions at every level affect the way we live, how we live and even if we live. In health care, questions of policy are paramount because in many cases the policy in question has been developed by a third party who is paying for the care. Whether this is the government, an insurance company or an employer their policies dictate whether or not chiropractic care is provided.

 

And while it is easy to brush these concerns aside and suggest that one just go outside the system and transact directly with the practice member – it isn’t that simple. Policy decisions by others regarding the role of chiropractic spill over into every aspect of care decisions. These policies influence how the consumer views chiropractic and thereby how and to what extent they engage us as their provider.

 

Thus far, in terms of policy, the profession as a whole has sought to position itself as a cost effective alternative for the treatment of back pain. This is due to the fact that certain individuals, organizations and businesses within the profession decided to focus their policy efforts in this area. While this cartel comprises only a minority, splinter faction of the profession, they control the most significant regulatory, organizational and corporate bodies within the profession.

 

The subluxation based community on the other has abdicated its roles and responsibilities in the area of policy and as such subluxation based care is often portrayed by the controlling faction of the profession as a threat to public health.

 

We see this manifest in policies that summarily reject a subluxation diagnosis as the sole rationale for care. We see this in policies that condemn and disallow prepayment plans and long term care planning for the correction of subluxation. We see this in policies that reject the use of radiographs to identify the misalignment component of vertebral subluxation and their use to acquire a vector necessary to reduce that misalignment. We see this in policies that restrict, disallow or condemn a vitalistic, non-therapeutic or meta-therapeutic approach to health and well being.

 

Overall, the controlling faction of the profession has sought to marginalize, and in many cases criminalize, a subluxation based, vitalistic approach and substitute for it a more narrow, musculoskeletal oriented approach focused on the short term amelioration of pain syndromes and management and treatment of disease in an allopathic model.   

 

These policies have metatasized into every aspect of the profession including accreditation, regulatory agencies, state boards, state, national and international associations, testing agencies, the insurance industry, government programs, education, and research. When looked at very closely however, one can see that this same small, controlling cartel within the profession is at work in every one of these areas. Again, this is due to the apathy and disengagement of the subluxation based community when it comes to developing, refining and implementing policy.

 

It is time for the subluxation based community to seriously engage in matters of policy that affect the profession. A small, rogue splinter group has sought to fundamentally alter the very substance of the chiropractic profession in just a short time period. It is time for the majority of the profession which identifies with a subluxation based approach to exert itself and formulate, develop and implement policies that are congruent and supportive of the foundational principles and tenets of the profession.

 

Will you join us on this mission?

 

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