A Chiropractor in Portland

Practicing as a chiropractor in Portland is interesting for a number of reasons. Portland itself is interesting, of course. A small innovative city with a young population: trolley cars and light rail, lots of bicycles, cafes and bookstores, and politically and socially a liberal attitude. It’s only a short drive to the incredible Columbia Gorge and Portland is not far from the ocean, mountains and the desert, Portland is not without its problems, of course, of course, but overall a pretty relaxed happy place to live, and to practice chiropractic.

Chiropractors are well accepted in Portland, and there are lots of them. According to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, there are over 400 practicing chiropractors with a Portland address and in the Portland metropolitan area, there are probably another 300. (out of 1500 licensed DC’s in the state).

The chiropractic practice law in Oregon is the most liberal in the world. Not many chiropractors take advantage of the broad scope of practice which includes obstetrics, minor surgery and proctology (all requiring additional training and certification), but the high standards of the Oregon board and the level of competency of its chiropractors has established the credibility of the profession.

One of the country’s top chiropractic colleges, Western States, is located in Portland. This is a major factor in the large number of chiropractors living here. Studying in Portland for 4-8 years, allows students to savor the benefits of a small, vibrant city and many of them stay, despite the competition.

Western States Chiropractic College has a long history. Established in 1904, Western States was formed by the merger of a number of small Portland area chiropractic colleges, including one founded by DD Palmer, the originator of chiropractic. In the 1930’s Western States added a Naturopathic college which separated out in 1954. In the 1970’s chiropractic experienced a tremendous growth along with the interest in alternative lifestyles and healing sweeping the nation. Western States moved from a single building on Foster Road in Southeast Portland to a beautiful 22 acre Portland campus in 1973. In 2009, Western States became a university, University of the Western States, offering the doctorate in chiropractic and an additional program offering a masters in sports and exercise science, and an accredited school of massage.

For chiropractors, Portland has provided a community that both sees chiropractic as a treatment of choice for injuries associated with physical labor and as an alternative system of health care offering an approach that encourages prevention and overall health and wellness.

(Dr. Arn Strasser is a chiropractor who practices in Portland, Oregon. For more information and appointment questions, please call 503.287.2800.)

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