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NE Portland Chiropractor Dr.Arn Strasser discusses Chiropractic and presents an introduction to the philosophy and training of Chiropractic Physicians:
“Chiropractic views health as a dynamic relationship between our physical structure (our musculoskeletal system), our chemistry ( all the body’s chemical and nutritional processes) and our psychological-emotional-social state, influenced by our inherited genetic makeup.
From its beginnings over 100 years ago Chiropractic has emphasized evaluating and treating the nervous system to summon our innate abilities to maintain balance and health. Chiropractic has grown to become the largest drugless healing profession, licensed and regulated in all 50 states. Chiropractors are portal-of-entry physicians who see patients as independent doctors without the necessity of referrals.
The nation’s Chiropractic colleges are established, highly regulated institutions provided a rigorous program of education emphasizing the teaching of differential diagnosis, neurological and orthopedic examination, physical examination, general health and prevention as well as specialized training in spinal and extremity manipulation, physical therapies, whole body care, nutritional and biochemical approaches, and prevention.Chiropractic training is similar to medical school and includes dissection, biochemistry, laboratory work, and blood analysis.
Chiropractors are educated in 6-8 year programs including pre-medical training and usually the attainment of a Bachelors degree prior to the 4 year Chiropractic program.Chiropractic students must complete an internship prior to taking their national and state board examinations. Chiropractic Boards of Examiners exist in all 50 states and stringent practice and ethical regulations govern the profession.
Chiropractic has become an international field with Chiropractic colleges around the world including Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia and Japan.
Chiropractic is unique in emphasizing the role of the nervous system in health and in highlighting the body’s innate ability to achieve health.”
Arn Strasser DC