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the practice of chiropractic in strict accordance with the principles of its founder, D.D. Palmer, without additions made by later practitioners. The original definition of subluxation as a vertebral displacement is adhered to, and chiropractic is considered to be nontherapeutic, its purpose being solely to contribute to health by the correction of vertebral subluxations.
straight chiropracticThe method of chiropractic which is most in keeping with the principles delineated by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. Straight chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession with responsibility and authority limited to the anatomy of the spine and immediate articulations, the condition of vertebral subluxation and a scope of practice which addresses vertebral subluxations, as well as educating patients and advising them about subluxations.
Straight chiropractors believe that it is inappropriate to use terminology that has other definitions for other healthcare professionals, as it lends to confusion, and thus prefer analysis to diagnosis, adjustment to manipulation, and eschew the terms treatment, chiropractic medicine and chiropractic physician. Only 15% of chiropractors are “straight practitioners”.
straight chiropractic (strātˑ kīˈ·rō·prakˑ·tik),
n a fundamentalist school of thought associated with chiropractic medicine in which manipulation of the spine is used as the primary therapeutic approach. Adherents to this school of thought emphasize the concept of innate intelligence and believe subluxation is the primary origin of disease. An ongoing debate exists between the concepts associated with straight chiropractic and mixer approach. See also subluxation and mixer approach.