In July of 1996, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges presented a unified position paper, the first of its kind:
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient.
Chiropractic is concerned with preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation.
A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.
A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed, and managed through the use of chirpractic procedures based on the best available rational and empiracal evidence.
[Dovid, at this point it would be great if we could have the diagram which I have marked on the sheet attached. It does not necessarily have to be a fully interactive diagram.]
Regular Chiropractic Care Helps
1. Restore and Maintain full range of motion
2. Promote full function.
3. Improve biomechanics
4. Optimize performance and coordination
5. Maintain joint stability
6. Induce a sense of well being and relaxation
7. Improve nutrition to discs and other joints
8. Reduce the risks of injury and degeneration