Chiropractic Identity in the United States: Wisdom, Courage, and Strength

J Chiropr Humanit. 2016 Sep 15;23(1):29-34. doi: 10.1016/j.echu.2016.08.001. eCollection 2016 Dec.


Objective: The objective of this paper was to discuss the chiropractic profession's identity and 3 contentious issues related to identity.

Discussion: The various clinical specialties and independent groups in the chiropractic profession are so different in their beliefs, practice styles, and political agendas that a common identity is unlikely to be created. Areas of disagreement, including advanced practice, vertebral subluxation, and the philosophy of chiropractic, continue to separate those in the profession. Doctors of chiropractic should accept that differences within the profession will remain for the foreseeable future and that the profession should allow each group to live peacefully and supportively alongside each other.

Conclusions: If the profession embraces the ideals of truth, respect, and tolerance, it can continue to grow and provide diverse health care services well into the future.

Keywords: Chiropractic; History.

Publication types

  • Review