What Should Chiropractors Be Doing?

A colleague recently mentioned a short list of focused items that separates a responsible chiropractor from one that should probably be avoided.  This is not a complete list but it was brief and accurate enough that I wanted to reproduce it here:

  • Chiropractic should emphasize non-surgical neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) care
  • We do treat kids, but mainly for NMS conditions — not internal disorders
  • We diagnose before we treat and we rule out red flags, etc
  • We are complementary to, not alternative to, standard health care options
  • We are not interested nor qualified to discuss the vaccination issue
  • We do not advocate the subluxation concept as one-cause one-cure for all
    diseases and reject the simplistic bone on nerve model
  • We have a variety of methods at our disposal besides osseous manipulation

Brilliant!  Check with your chiropractor to see if he or she could agree with all of these points.  If so, I suspect you are in excellent hands.


Dr. Brett Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester who subscribes to the above listed evidence-based items.  More about his practice can be found at www.RochesterChiro.com


  1. cmnacnud said,

    May 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I would have to agree. It’s a good start for a list. I always add that a good chiropractor will enlist your help in your treatment. If you’re not getting home care recommendations, you’re probably in the wrong office.

  2. May 15, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    True. There’s a lot more missing too, including encouragement to move from passive to active care and utilizing the best available evidence when making treatment decisions.

  3. cmnacnud said,

    May 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I see, there really is a lot more, but this is a good start, and even if we decided to come up with a more complete list it’s be to long to be useful. Everyone should just use this as a starting point and come up with a few questions that they will ask a doc before submitting to care. Remember you can always refuse care. Or just come see us at http://www.rochesterchiro.com/ or http://www.drduncanchiropractic.com. 🙂

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