The field of chiropractic and those who practice it get hit from all sides. Those of us trying to actually help our patients with problems beyond the Holy Chiro Trinity of (say it with me now) “back pain, neck pain, and headaches” are under attack from multiple angles, and for different reasons. This post is meant to openly call them out and launch a little fire in return.
Some of you already know where I’m going with this. Half are starting to clap, while the other half is drawing up “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters.
Others of you don’t yet know who I’m talking about. That’s okay. I’ll explain.
Since there’s so much about the NBCE, the CCE (until it started to wake up and join at least the 20th century very recently), and chiropractic education that many of my colleagues and I would love to see changed, let’s address that topic next.
The first item I’d like to bring to the table is the education. The admissions standards and school curricula need a complete and massive overhaul. It starts with admission.
A great quote states: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
This, coupled with my philosophical policy that I shall not bitch about that for which I do not subsequently offer a solution, are the driving forces behind this entire series of Chiro Cleanup entries, especially this one. Therefore, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, let’s “git ‘er done”.
It certainly seems that the millisecond some of us walk across, the stage, out the door, and into the great wide open, we start accumulating some. Indeed, in time, each of these items will warrant–and receive–its own post, but for now, I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes, which are by no means a complete list.
(I’ll preface all this by acknowledging that there are a few bad apples in every profession, and that the field of chiropractic is not in any way unique in that regard. I also wholeheartedly agree that most DCs get sick people well on a daily basis, without breaking laws or resorting to unflattering schemes. However, over the years, my dismissal of extreme stories as simple urban legends, horror stories, or exaggerated rumors gave way to a realization that we have a few more bad apples than we care to admit to. And it’s time we did some admitting, followed immediately by some cleaning house.)
We have closet perverts in our midst.
I mentioned in my most recent post that much of the typical chiropractic education ranks somewhere between “a for-profit trade school…and a…religious cult”. That might be/sound harsh, but I wasn’t lying.
Back it up, you say? Fair enough. Oh, let me count the ways…
To give this fantastic-but-often-misguided profession the fundamental overhaul that it so desperately needs, we’ve got to start where Doctors of Chiropractic are “born” – the schools. Chiropractic education shares many (of the better!) traits with those of conventional medical schools; however, a large chunk of the time spent in chiropractic school resonates somewhere between a for-profit trade school (the cheesy ones advertised on late-night TV commercials) and a spiritual (if not religious) cult.