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HOMOLA has written about the history of chiropractic and it theories and methods.
Chiropractic is one of the most controversial and poorly defined healthcare professions in the United States. Chiropractic was started by DD Palmer, a magnetic healer who formulated the vertebral subluxation theory. The profession was developed by his son, B. J. Palmer. Although the definition of chiropractic as a method of correcting vertebral subluxations to restore and maintain health is questionable, spinal manipulation is of value in the treatment of some types of back pain. The chiropractic profession is still based on the vertebral subluxation theory, and has the confusing image of a back speciality capable of treating a broad scope of health problems. Despite opposition to the use of spinal manipulation as a method of treating a broad spectrum of health problems (as opposed to the generally accepted use of manipulation in the treatment of back pain), chiropractors seek support as primary care providers in alternative medicine. It is essential to understand the theories, philosophies, and methods of chiropractic for an objective evaluation.






Homola S. Chiropractic: history and overview of theories and methods. Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research 444 : 236-242, Mar 2006.

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