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William R. Boone, PhD., D.C. 

Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume 3 ~ Number 3 ~ Pages 1-2


There are at least two major schools of thought within the chiropractic profession. This idea is nothing new, having been documented in the Seventh Report to the President and to Congress on the Status of Health Care. Moreover, the recently formed American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians (AACP) will contribute much to etching this concept in stone.

Significant, from the perspective of the Editor of JVSR, is at this point in time the two major schools of thought are both formally represented. That is, the “vertebral subluxation” school of thought, represented by the Council on Chiropractic Practice (CCP), practices chiropractic with the objective of identifying clinical findings which suggest the presence of vertebral subluxation.  When this clinical finding is present, the practitioner administers appropriate care to reverse that condition.  This school of thought practices this objective from a philosophical perspective that individuals are better able to adapt to their environment when they are free of vertebral subluxation. There, are of course, many layers involved in expounding this philosophy; i.e., the role of the nervous system in the adaptive process, as well as the myriad combinations of factors which over-all influence each individual’s health status. Several chiropractic colleges currently teach not only chiropractic techniques, but also a substantial body of information that provides philosophical underpinning to the clinical application of chiropractic care.

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