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Medicine and Chiropractic can get along

There is a long history of animosity between the Chiropractic and Medical professions.

In the beginning, Chiropractic treatment was based on philosophy rather than science and research. This is not unlike medical roots: in medieval times medicine was based on the 4 humours of black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood, and many treatments involved blood letting.

The difference is that the advancement of the profession happened sooner in history than that of Chiropractic - it has only been in the past 50 years or so that research and education is becoming increasingly more important, with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College's curriculum being evidence based, and the professors involved in much of the ground breaking research going on in the world today. The curriculum involves 4,200 hours of academic and clinical education, including studies in biological sciences, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, psychology, neurology and orthopedics.

A current hot-topic is inter-professional collaboration. As the Chiropractic profession becomes more and more mainstream, people are recognizing the benefit to have health care providers working together. It's not uncommon to have massage therapist, kinesiologists, and physiotherapists working together in the same roof, but a positive and increasing new development is to have chiropractors and medical doctors working together under the same roof.

The benefits to this are many. First of all, you know when a chiropractor is working with a medical doctor, that the way they practice is going to be based on research. A medical office would not want a chiropractor working in the office if they were going to jeopardize their professional reputation, so they will only allow a chiropractor who is up to date to practice out of the office.

Second, there is better communication – if a medical doctor and chiropractor can work together on resolving your issue, you get the benefit of multiple approaches, this means you get both the pharmacological care required, and the treatment of the underlying condition so it doesn't return.

Third, chiropractors are primary health care practitioners, which means you don't need a referral to go see them. If you go to see a chiropractor first, it cuts down on the patient load for medical doctors which means they have more time to treat other patients, and you are getting the help you need to treat your injury, immediately. If you happened to book an appointment with a practitioner that can't help you, there is another solution right down the hall!

In the end, think about booking in with an office that collaborates with other professionals, it may just give you and advantage towards faster recovery, and that's always the end goal!

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