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Chiropractic Medicine Holisticonline.com

Two Schools of Chiropractors

Straight and Mixers

The group of chiropractors who believe in subluxations can be subdivided into two groups, the "straights" and the "mixers." 

The straights follow Palmer's doctrine that subluxations of the vertebrae can cause or contribute to most disorders, but they do not claim to be able to diagnose or treat diseases -only to detect and cure subluxations. Only about 15 percent of all chiropractors can be called "straight" chiropractors. 

Straight chiropractors  consider their scope of practice limited to:

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The anatomy of the spine and immediate articulations

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The condition of vertebral subluxation

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Addressing vertebral subluxations 

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Educating patients and advising them about subluxations.

Mixers believe that diseases can develop from other causes, like bacteria and viruses. But they believe that subluxations affect the body's health by lowering resistance to disease. The deviation or malposition of a spinal vertebra may cause a neurological imbalance within the body, setting the stage for a lowered resistance.

Mixers comprise the majority of practitioners. Their practice extends beyond the narrow focus on vertebral subluxation. They use a wider range of modalities as well as concepts from diverse health care traditions in their practice. Many integrate methods from other traditions. The most common are: nutritional supplementation, vitamins, homeopathic drugs, and nutritional advice. Some integrate Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, naturopathy, homeopathy, massage or bodywork, mind/body approaches, or other healing methods into their offerings. Individual chiropractors often develop their own unique reputation and synthesis of different traditions. 

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