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Sharing the Vision for a Sustainable Chiropractic




Chiropractic was founded on the premise that vertebral subluxations (VS) occur and interfere with the body’s innate striving to maintain its own health. When VS is adjusted, the body is better able to function. Those who appreciated chiropractic’s mission joined the profession in order to advance its global vision to serve humanity through its philosophy, science, and art, by teaching its principles and contributing to peoples’ health by providing a VS centered service.


Like all new ideas, chiropractic had to educate the public and overcome entrenched biases and special interests. The road has been interesting and challenging. Chiropractic does not need to compete with medicine, yet today there are many within the profession seeking medical acceptance, the effect of which has chiropractic shifting away from its founding mission.


The therapeutic agenda imposed on students by promoting an ideology centered on differential diagnosis and pseudo or second class primary-care-medicine in educational programs, leads too many Doctor of Chiropractic students and graduates to believe they are primary care physicians. Primary care education is taught with a medical curriculum by nurses, medical physicians and specialist and not by chiropractors. Some may believe that moving into primary-care-medicine will increase access to third party reimbursements by engaging in invasive procedures, such as Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), minor surgery, drug prescriptions and injections.  The evidence however, speaks to the contrary when in fact the further the chiropractic profession has moved in that direction the more it has declined.  We see enrollments in most chiropractic colleges declining with concomitant financial challenges; alarming debt levels for recent graduates while market share for chiropractic services and average earnings of practitioners are declining. The result is that fewer people are able to find and receive high-quality chiropractic services.


Chiropractic has evolved as a “direct access profession,” similar to dentistry, optometry, and podiatry. Those professions limited their practice to their area of expertise and thereby gained cultural authority.


We assert that people with vertebral subluxation(s) have a right to receive safe and effective chiropractic care and the need for such care should be determined by appropriate chiropractic criteria.


Established chiropractic organizations, faculty, students, individual chiropractors, chiropractic technique groups, and many unaffiliated others who share our aspirations for professional excellence centered on VS, have joined this coalition.  Together their voices can be clearly heard by supporting this Vision for a Sustainable Chiropractic Profession.


The Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic was created by dedicated chiropractors who hold diverse viewpoints, but agree on the profession’s essential core value, the vertebral subluxation. It is important to note that the Coalition is not, nor will it become a new professional association.  The Coalition is not in competition with any group. It remains autonomous as it communicates and coordinates with many of the profession’s organizations for the purpose of sustaining and advancing our profession for future generations.


The Coalition’s role is to encourage a sustainable profession by identifying appropriate steps and providing information to the profession and the public it serves. 

In recent years the Coalition has provided a forum for discussion and coordinated efforts to encourage excellence and bring about needed reforms in chiropractic education.


United behind our mission and the core values of chiropractic, we can change the current therapeutic medicalization of chiropractic.   



Our vision is of a chiropractic profession committed to serving humanity by providing access to regular, affordable and competent spinal assessments and to deliver necessary adjustments of any vertebral subluxation for better expression of life.



Mission alone is the center of any profession, the cause of unity among its members, the standard for determining the relative value of all of its other considerations, and what advances its identity and public acceptance. We believe that a profession’s philosophy, science, and art serve its mission when they advance unfettered through debate and research. We are united in this focused mission while remaining diverse individually and rooted in our philosophy, science and art.

“World wide access to vertebral subluxation adjusting services for better expression of life and greater knowledge of the benefits of living subluxation free.”



1.    Chiropractic is a separate and distinct profession founded on D.D. Palmer’s unique discovery that vertebral subluxations (VS) occur and interfere with nervous system function. Chiropractic is drugless, nonsurgical and non-therapeutic.


2.    The adjustment of VS is the core value of the chiropractic profession and chiropractic’s significant contribution to health.


3.    Chiropractic relies upon the body’s innate striving to maintain its own health and VS interferes with that striving.


4.    Chiropractic has far reaching effects on one’s health as its focus is directly related to the intimate relationship between the spine and the nervous system.


5.    Chiropractors are direct access providers who employ the education, knowledge, history taking skills, examination, spinal analysis, and professional judgment necessary to determine safe and appropriate chiropractic care. When appropriate, chiropractors work in conjunction with other providers to discuss chiropractic intervention with respect to relevant other intervention(s), past and present.


6.     A chiropractic spinal adjustment is performed to correct the subluxated vertebra.


I, the undersigned, agree with the above stated Vision for a Sustainable Chiropractic Profession and wish for the Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic to strive on my behalf in support of that vision, mission and core values. The Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic can use my name in support of furthering this vision.

Dr. D.D. Palmer
Dr. D.D. Palmer




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