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Posted on 04-11-2013
A straight chiropractor believes in Palmer’s philosophy that vertebral subluxations are at the root of all illness. Palmer took a vitalistic and metaphysical approach to treatment, believing that subluxations interfere with the body’s “innate intelligence”, which makes us vulnerable to illness. He promoted a hands-only approach to correcting subluxations and did not diagnose or treat disease. Palmer rejected the systematic diagnosis of disease that uses the deductive reasoning of the scientific method. Straight chiropractors consider the medical diagnosis of disease to be unnecessary because they view these conditions as secondary effects of vertebral subluxations. In essence, they believe that disease symptoms will disappear once the underlying subluxations have been corrected properly. Most straight chiropractors do not wish to have any association with mainstream health care. The number of straight chiropractors is estimated at only about 15 percent of doctors of chiropractic.
A chiropractic mixer takes a broader approach to chiropractic and may incorporate other therapies into his or her practice, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, physical therapy, nutritional supplements, ice packs, biofeedback and herbal remedies. As the name implies, mixers will often combine a variety of diagnostic and treatment methods to care for their patients. It would not be unusual, for instance, for a mixer to use x-rays to get an accurate view of your vertebrae, perform a traditional adjustment, treat you with K-laser therapy, then suggest herbal supplements you can take and prescribe specific exercises for you to do at home to help speed healing.
Mixers are also generally more comfortable with using modern diagnostics and with the concepts of evidence-based medicine. This means, in part, that they use imaging, tests and the patient’s description of their symptoms to help decide on a course of treatment. A straight chiropractor, on the other hand, takes the approach that just finding and correcting all spinal subluxations will correct any imbalances and return the patient to health.
In addition to the differences mentioned above, mixers are more likely than straights to use specially-designed machines in their practice, such mechanical adjustment tools and lasers to more precisely treat problem areas. They typically view their discipline as a type of “complementary and alternative medicine” and see themselves as an established part of the modern health care landscape. Most chiropractors today consider themselves mixers.
Straight chiropractors and mixers also share some key characteristics:
· The correction of spinal misalignment is at the heart of their practice.
· They value prevention and healthy lifestyle habits.
· They strongly prefer natural therapies over drugs and surgery.
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