Many chiropractors, particularly those who were in the early days of the field, believe that mechanical problems of the joints, including the spine, can affect general health.
Regular manipulation of the spine (spinal adjustments) is a good way to improve general health. Manual therapy is the main method of chiropractic treatment. This includes manipulation of the spine and other soft tissues. However, it may also include exercises or lifestyle counseling. Although a chiropractor can have a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and be called “doctor”, he or she is not a Doctor of Medicine.
Many chiropractors consider themselves primary care providers. However, their chiropractic training does not fulfill the requirements.
Holism holds that all factors affect health. However, some sources can also have a spiritual or existential dimension. Reductionism in chiropractic, on the other hand, reduces the causes and remedies of health problems to one factor, vertebral Subluxation. Homeostasis emphasizes a body’s natural self-healing capabilities. Homeostasis can be viewed as the metaphor of Chiropractic’s early concept of innate intelligence.
Mixer chiropractors are chiropractors who “mix” treatment and diagnostic approaches from chiropractic, medical, or osteopathic perspectives. They make up the majority. Mixers believe that subluxation is a cause of all diseases, which is why they are more open to mainstream medicine than straight chiropractors. Mixers often incorporate mainstream medical diagnostics. They use conventional physical therapy techniques such as stretching, massage and ice packs. Mixers may also incorporate techniques from alternative medicine such as nutritional supplements, acupuncture and homeopathy.