Principles in Integrative Chiropractic
SOURCE: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2003 (May); 26 (4): 254–272
J.Michael Menke, DC
Program in Internal Medicine,
University of Arizona,
Tucson 85719, USA.
As the public acceptance of chiropractic continues to grow in the United States, [1-3] the private practice chiropractor may find opportunities for formal inclusion in the fast growing integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into health care delivery. The ability of chiropractors to respond confidently to integration into the overall health care system may be the next step in gaining access to more patients and improving the health care quality.
This necessity for chiropractors to become part of the evolving health care system and still maintain a strong chiropractic identity will be essential, since chiropractic’s value lies in cultivating and delivering the very elements that have made it so high in patient satisfaction: emphasis on biomechanics, manual therapy of the spine, good patient rapport, and strong patient-physician bond. [4, 5] However, there are several barriers to integration: consumer, medical, and chiropractic itself.
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