|This document, downloaded from the State of Massachusetts Web site, illustrates how an agency that is supposed to protect the public, exaggerates what chiropractors have to offer.|
|Board of Registration of Chiropractors|
The Board of Registration of Chiropractors regulates the practice of chiropractic in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board works to maintain high standards of practice and to protect the health and welfare of the public by establishing qualification requirements for licensure, reviewing applicant credentials, and administering licensing examinations.
The Board also monitors the practice of its licensees to ensure compliance with state laws and the Boards rules and regulations. The Board resolves consumer complaints against licensees by investigating charges and taking appropriate disciplinary action when necessary.
The human spine is an extraordinarily complex structure composed of 33 individual bony units, or vertebrae, stacked upon one another like a column of lined-up napkin rings. Disks of shock-absorbing cartilage and a lubricating joint fluid separate the vertebrae from each other. Encased within this hollow stack of vertebrae are hundreds of nerve fibers that transmit information between the brain and various organs and limbs. There are a hundred different things that can go wrong with all these moving parts: the muscles supporting the spine can become strained; the ligaments that bind muscle to bone can get stretched or torn; the joints of the vertebrae can wear away; the list goes on.
Given the sheer magnitude of things that can and do go wrong with the spine, its no wonder that millions of people turn to chiropractors for help. Add to that chiropractics excellent safety record, only a handful of serious injuries have ever been reported out of many millions of adjustments.
Chiropractic has an ageless place in health care. Hippocrates, the "father of modern medicine" utilized "manipulation" in his treatment techniques. The early Chinese are also said to have included "manipulation" thousands years ago. Chiropractic has been practiced in America for over 100 years.
Chiropractors provide health care services to consumers for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. They are concerned with improving and maintaining the integrity of the biomechanical systems of the body.
A number of studies over the past few years, including the United States Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), the Manga Report, funded by the Ontario Administry of Health, and the Rand Study on Low Back Pain, all expound on the effectiveness of spinal manipulation as performed by chiropractors.
The role of chiropractic in our health care system is well established. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states with many accredited chiropractic universities nationwide.
Chiropractic diagnosis and treatment are focused on reducing pain and improving function of the neuromusculoskeletal systems of the body. Chiropractors provide a complete physical examination with subsequent examinations as needed. Chiropractors may also prescribe procedures such as radiological X-rays and clinical laboratory services as part of the diagnostic process.
The primary treatment service utilized by chiropractors is manipulation, to mobilize and adjust the joints and tissues of the spine and extremities. Chiropractors also use adjunctive therapeutic procedures or modalities, including ultrasound, cold packs, and electrical muscle stimulation.
In closing, you should expect the doctors office staff to treat you with courtesy. When you call, do they assist you in a prompt and professional manner in answering your questions and making an appointment? Assess the personality of the office staff. Will you be comfortable working with them?
After asking these questions and meeting the chiropractor and office staff, assess their answers and determine for yourself if the chiropractors personality and approach seem reasonable. You should feel comfortable that you have made an informed choice.
While the majority of licensees conduct themselves as true professionals, the Division of Registration will take action against those who fail to maintain acceptable standards of competence and integrity.
In many cases, complaints are made by dissatisfied consumers - but, dissatisfaction alone is not proof of incompetence or sufficient grounds for disciplinary action.
If you have a serious complaint against a licensed chiropractor, call or write the Division's Office of Investigations and ask for a complaint form. Or download a copy of the complaint form from our website.
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This page was posted on December 12, 1999.